Magdalena Forsberg

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Magdalena Forsberg
Magda Forsberg Antholz 2006 (cropped).jpg
Forsberg in Antholz-Anterselva in 2006.
Personal information
Birth name Magdalena Wallin
Full name Magdalena Forsberg
Nickname(s) Magda
Born (1967-07-25) 25 July 1967 (age 49)
Ullånger, Västernorrland County, Sweden
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club Sundsvall Biathlon
World Cup debut 8 December 1994
Retired 24 March 2002
Olympic Games
Teams 2 (1998, 2002)
Medals 2 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 8 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Medals 12 (6 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 8 (1994/95–2001/02)
Individual victories 42
Individual podiums 87
Overall titles 6 (1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02)
Discipline titles 17:
4 Individual (1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02);
5 Sprint (1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02);
6 Pursuit (1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02);
2 Mass start (2000–01, 2001–02)

Magdalena "Magda" Forsberg (born 25 July 1967 as Magdalena Wallin) is a former Swedish cross country skier and biathlete. She was the dominating female biathlete from 1997 to 2002, when she retired, winning the Biathlon World Cup for six years straight. She is also a six-times world champion, a two-times Olympic bronze medalist, and holds the record for the most World Cup victories in women's biathlon.

She has been married to Henrik Forsberg since 1996, also a biathlete and cross country skier.

Cross country skiing[edit]

Forsberg competed as a cross country skier from 1988 to 1996, participating in the World Cup.[1] Her best results at the Winter Olympics were in Albertville in 1992 where she finished seventh in the 4 × 5 km relay and 26th in the 15 km event.

Forsberg's best individual finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was tenth in the 30 km event at Lahti in 1989. In 1987 she was in the Swedish team that finished third in the 4 × 5 km relay. Her best World cup finish was second in a 10 km event in Finland in 1988.

Biathlon[edit]

Competing from 1993 to 2002, Forsberg won six straight overall wins in the Biathlon World Cup from 1997 to 2002. She also won six gold medals in the World Championships, became runner-up once, and placed third five times. At the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Forsberg won two bronze medals. In her career she managed a total of 42 individual Biathlon World Cup wins, which is more than any other female biathlete to date.

Magdalena Forsberg retired from active sports after the 2001–02 season. After being retired for four years she made a temporary comeback in April 2006 due to losing a bet. The bet said Forsberg would enter the Swedish Championship in Women's Relay with fellow biathlon skier Anna Carin Olofsson-Zidek if the latter won an Olympic gold in Turin.[2] The duo went on to win the competition, Forsberg outrunning her competitors in the first leg and Olofsson extending their lead in the second.[3][4]

During large parts of her career, Forsberg was trained by Wolfgang Pichler, who later took over as coach of the national Swedish biathlon team.

Other honors[edit]

Forsberg competed at the 1998 Winter Olympics both as a biathlete and as a cross country skier. She is the only Swedish athlete to have won Jerringpriset four times.

Biathlon results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[5]

Olympic Games[edit]

2 medals (2 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Relay
Japan 1998 Nagano 14th 17th N/A 10th
United States 2002 Salt Lake City Bronze Bronze 6th
*Pursuit was added as an event in 2002.

World Championships[edit]

12 medals (6 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay
Italy 1995 Antholz-Anterselva 7th 19th N/A N/A 14th
Germany 1996 Ruhpolding 15th Bronze N/A N/A 9th 10th
Slovakia 1997 Brezno-Osrblie Gold Bronze Gold N/A 11th 16th
Slovenia 1998 Pokljuka N/A N/A Gold N/A 7th N/A
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti 6th Silver 5th Bronze N/A
Norway 2000 Oslo Holmenkollen Bronze 4th Gold 4th N/A 13th
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka Gold 6th Bronze Gold N/A
Norway 2002 Oslo Holmenkollen N/A N/A N/A 8th N/A N/A
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**Team was removed as an event in 1998, and pursuit was added in 1997 with mass start being added in 1999.

Individual victories[edit]

42 victories (7 In, 13 Sp, 19 Pu, 3 MS)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1994–95
1 victory
(1 Sp)
28 January 1995 Germany Ruhpolding 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
1995–96
1 victory
(1 In)
14 December 1995 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 15 km individual Biathlon World Cup
1996–97
4 victories
(1 In, 1 Sp, 2 Pu)
4 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
5 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2 February 1997 Slovakia Brezno-Osrblie 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
7 February 1997 Slovakia Brezno-Osrblie 15 km individual Biathlon World Championships
1997–98
6 victories
(1 In, 3 Sp, 2 Pu)
13 December 1997 Sweden Östersund 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
20 December 1997 Finland Kontiolahti 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 January 1998 Germany Ruhpolding 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 March 1998 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km individual Biathlon World Cup
7 March 1998 Slovenia Pokljuka 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
8 March 1998 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
1998–99
4 victories
(2 Sp, 2 Pu)
11 December 1998 Austria Hochfilzen 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
12 December 1998 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
25 February 1999 United States Lake Placid 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 March 1999 Canada Valcartier 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
1999–2000
3 victories
(1 Sp, 2 Pu)
9 December 1999 Slovenia Pokljuka 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
20 February 2000 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
18 March 2000 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2000–01
14 victories
(2 In, 4 Sp, 6 Pu, 2 MS)
8 December 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
16 December 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 December 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
5 January 2001 Germany Oberhof 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 January 2001 Germany Oberhof 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
7 January 2001 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
13 January 2001 Germany Ruhpolding 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
14 January 2001 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2001 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 February 2001 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km individual Biathlon World Championships
9 February 2001 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
28 February 2001 United States Salt Lake City 15 km individual Biathlon World Cup
3 March 2001 United States Salt Lake City 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
17 March 2001 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2001–02
9 victories
(2 In, 1 Sp, 5 Pu, 1 MS)
6 December 2001 Austria Hochfilzen 7.5 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 December 2001 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
12 December 2001 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km individual Biathlon World Cup
16 December 2001 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
20 December 2001 Slovakia Brezno-Osrblie 15 km individual Biathlon World Cup
22 December 2001 Slovakia Brezno-Osrblie 12.5 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
11 January 2002 Germany Oberhof 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
10 March 2002 Sweden Östersund 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
23 March 2002 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magdalena Forsberg". FIS. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Magda tävlar igen - i SM" [Magda will race again - in the SM] (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Magda och ACO fixade väntat guld" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  4. ^ "STAFETT Resultat" (PDF) (in Swedish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Magdalena Forsberg". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

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