|Full name||Mark Kirchner|
4 April 1970 |
Neuhaus am Rennweg, Thuringia, East Germany
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|World Cup debut||14 December 1989|
|Teams||2 (1992, 1994)|
|Medals||4 (3 gold)|
|Teams||6 (1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997)|
|Medals||10 (7 gold)|
1 Individual (1990–91)
Life and career
Kirchner won gold in the 10 km sprint at the Albertville Olympics in 1992 and followed that up by taking silver in the 20 km individual and gold in the relay. Therefore, the only race he could not claim a gold medal in was the 20 km individual where the out-of-the-blue win by Eugeni Redkine of Russia prevented him from becoming an absolute champion of these Games.
In 1994 in Lillehammer, he was his country's flag bearer and was part of the gold-medal winning relay team. He made the youngest triple Olympic Champion in biathlon ever as by February 1994 he was just 23 years and 10 months old.
Kirchner came second in the overall World Cup standings twice which happened in the two consecutive seasons of 1990–91 and 1991–92 the former behind Sergei Tchepikov of the USSR and the latter behind Mikael Löfgren of Sweden.
In addition Kirchner became World Champion multiple times.
He retired relatively early in 1998 at the age of 28.
Subsequently, Kirchner was employed as an assistant of Frank Ullrich, the German biathlon male team head coach with responsibilities including youth development. In April 2014, he was appointed as men's coach for the national team.
4 medals (3 gold, 1 silver)
10 medals (7 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
- *During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
- **Pursuit was added as an event in 1997.
11 victories (6 In, 5 Sp)
|10 March 1990||Oslo Holmenkollen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
(3 In, 1 Sp)
|31 January 1991||Oberhof||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|19 February 1991||Lahti||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|24 February 1991||Lahti||20 km individual||Biathlon World Championships|
|7 March 1991||Oslo Holmenkollen||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
(1 In, 1 Sp)
|12 February 1992||Albertville||10 km sprint||Winter Olympic Games|
|10 March 1992||Skrautvål||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
(1 In, 2 Sp)
|19 December 1992||Pokljuka||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|13 February 1993||Borovets||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Championships|
|11 March 1993||Östersund||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|6 March 1997||Nagano||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
- *Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.