Greis at the World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva.
|Full name||Michael Greis|
18 August 1976 |
Füssen, West Germany
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|World Cup debut||28 February 2001|
|Retired||5 December 2012|
|Teams||3 (2002, 2006, 2010)|
|Medals||3 (3 gold)|
|Teams||9 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)|
|Medals||12 (3 gold)|
|Overall titles||1 (2006–07)|
3 Individual (2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09);
1 Sprint (2006–07)
Greis won the World Cup in the individual category in 2004/05, and was a member of the winning 4 × 7.5 km relay team in the 2004 Biathlon World Championships, and took silver in the individual 20 km category at the 2005 World Championships.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Greis came into the games heading the World Cup standings and took the first Olympic gold of the games with victory in the individual 20 km ahead of the defending Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen. He was also a member of the German team that won the 4 × 7.5 km relay.
On 25 February 2006 Greis won the men's 15 km event and became the first person to capture three gold medals at the Turin Olympic Games. (Koreans Jin Sun-Yu and Ahn Hyun Soo became the second and third later on the same day with victories in short track speed skating.)
In the 2006/07 World Cup season, Greis won the Overall and the Sprint competition.
In the 2007/08 World Cup season Greis managed onto the podium on a regular basis, attaining three victories, three 2nd places as well as three 3rds. At the season's World Champs in Östersund Greis did not participate in the sprint and in the pursuit but being anchor both in the men's Relay and the mixed Relay, helped to secure a gold and a bronze for his team.
Prior to the 2008/09 World Cup season Greis had had a serious disagreement with the Germans' head coach Frank Ullrich the reason being Ullrich's authoritative management of the team, which resulted in Greis' departure from Ullrich's jurisdiction to train on his own. This yielded him quite a solid performance throughout the year, with another two World Cup victories and the relay bronze at the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in South Korea.
Greis participated in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada which turned to be a disappointing performance for his fans as he finished in the mediocre 10th place twice, in the Individual and the Mass Start, along with coming 5th in the relay and the pursuit, adding to a streak of unsuccessful Olympic performances by the German biathlon male team when not a single German managed to win any medal in biathlon for the first time in the Olympic history.
After the first round of the 2012–13 World Cup, Greis announced his retirement on 5 December 2012 citing a lack of motivation, making the 20 km in Östersund on 28 November his last competition as he had dropped the sprint and pursuit.
3 medals (3 gold)
|2002 Salt Lake City||—||15th||16th||N/A||—|
- *Mass start was added as an event in 2006.
12 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze)
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay|
|2002 Oslo Holmenkollen||N/A||N/A||N/A||19th||N/A||N/A|
- *During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
- **The mixed relay was added as an event in 2005.
11 victories (3 In, 4 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)
|9 February 2005||Turin||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
(1 In, 1 MS)
|11 February 2006||Turin||20 km individual||Winter Olympic Games|
|25 February 2006||Turin||15 km mass start||Winter Olympic Games|
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
|14 December 2006||Hochfilzen||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|11 February 2007||Antholz-Anterselva||15 km mass start||Biathlon World Championships|
(2 Sp, 2 Pu)
|12 January 2008||Ruhpolding||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|13 January 2008||Ruhpolding||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
|18 January 2008||Antholz-Anterselva||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
|29 February 2008||Pyeongchang||12.5 km pursuit||Biathlon World Cup|
(1 In, 1 Sp)
|3 December 2008||Östersund||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|19 March 2009||Trondheim||10 km sprint||Biathlon World Cup|
- *Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
|German Sportsman of the Year