Ole Einar Bjørndalen

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Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Bjoerndalen cutout.JPG
Bjørndalen in 2007
Personal information
Nickname(s) King of Biathlon
The Cannibal
Born (1974-01-27) 27 January 1974 (age 44)
Drammen, Norway
Residence Obertilliach, Austria
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Spouse(s)
Nathalie Santer
(m. 2006; div. 2012)

Darya Domracheva
(m. 2016)
Website oleeinarbjorndalen.com
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Cross-country skiing
Club Simostranda IL[1]
Byåsen IL[2]
Skis Madshus
Rifle Anschütz
World Cup debut 18 March 1993
28 November 1998
Olympic Games
Teams 6 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
1 (2002)
Medals 13 (8 gold)
World Championships
Teams 23 (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
2 (2005, 2007)
Medals 45 (20 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 25 (1992/93–2017/18)
Individual races
  • 421 (biathlon)
  • 16 (cross-country skiing)
All races
  • 514 (biathlon)
  • 20 (cross-country skiing)
Individual victories
  • 95 (biathlon)
  • 1 (cross-country skiing)
All victories
  • 133 (biathlon)
  • 1 (cross-country skiing)
Individual podiums
  • 179 (biathlon)
  • 3 (cross-country skiing)
All podiums
  • 252 (biathlon)
  • 5 (cross-country skiing)
Overall titles 6 (1997–98, 2002–03,
2004–05, 2005–06,
2007–08, 2008–09)
Discipline titles 20:
1 Individual (2004–05);
9 Sprint (1994–95,
1996–97, 1997–98,
1999–00, 2000–01,
2002–03, 2004–05,
2007–08, 2008–09);
5 Pursuit (1999–00,
2002–03, 2005–06,
2007–08, 2008–09);
5 Mass start (2002–03,
2004–05, 2005–06,
2006–07, 2007–08)

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (born 27 January 1974) is a retired Norwegian professional biathlete, often referred to by the nickname, the "King of Biathlon". With 13 Winter Olympic Games medals, he is second on the list of multiple medalists behind Marit Bjørgen who has won 15 medals.[3] He is also the most successful biathlete of all time at the Biathlon World Championships, having won 45 medals, more than double that of any other biathlete except Martin Fourcade. With 95[4] World Cup wins, Bjørndalen is ranked first all-time for career victories on the Biathlon World Cup tour, more than twice that of anyone else but Fourcade. He has won the Overall World Cup title six times, in 1997–98, in 2002–03, in 2004–05, in 2005–06, in 2007–08 and in 2008–09.

In 1992, he won his first career medal at the junior world championships. A year later in 1993, after winning three junior world championship titles, a medal haul only previously achieved by Sergei Tchepikov, Bjørndalen made his Biathlon World Cup debut. His breakthrough came in 1994 when he featured on his first World Cup podium in a sprint race held in Bad Gastein, Austria. Bjørndalen first competed in the Olympic Games at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, held in his home country of Norway. He obtained his first major victory on 11 January 1996 in an individual competition held in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. On 20 February 2014, Bjørndalen was elected to an eight-year term at the International Olympic Committee's athlete commission.[5] He resigned from this role in 2016 as he elected to continue his career.[6]

Career[edit]

At the age of 16 Bjørndalen left home to pursue his sporting career at a sports academy in Geilo, where he initially trained in both cross-country skiing and biathlon, although after one year there he decided to focus on the latter.[7]

In 1993, at the age of 19, Bjørndalen first came into focus by winning 3 out of 4 possible gold medals at the Junior Biathlon World Championships, which among other things led to him being chosen to represent Norway in the 1994 Olympics, at the cost of highly merited biathlete Eirik Kvalfoss. At those Games Bjørndalen's best finish was a 28th position in the sprint.[7]

He has won the World Cup six times (1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, and 2008–09), finished second six times (1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, and 2006–07), and third once (2001–02). In his first season (1992–93) he finished 62nd, the season after, 30th and the season after that, fourth. In the 1995-96 season, he dropped down to ninth, but finished in the runner-up position in 1996-97.[7] When winning the overall world cup in 1998, at the age of 24, he won titles at each of the three major championships in biathlon in one season – a world championship gold medal, an Olympic gold medal and the overall World Cup title. He finished second in the overall World Cup for the following three seasons and then third in 2001-02.[7]

His World Cup podium record is 179 podium finishes, 95 1st places, 53 2nd places, and 31 3rd places in the individual events. Bjørndalen has 1 World Cup victory in the team event. In relay Bjørndalen has won 37 races, he has also 21 2nd places and 14 3rd.places. In total he has 72 podium finishes in the world cup, relay event. Bjørndalen has 252 World cup podium finishes, individual, team and relay races combined in Biathlon, and 5 podium finishes in cross-country skiing World cup. In total Ole Einar Bjørndalen has 257 World cup podium finishes. When he took his 87th World Cup race victory in February 2009, he overtook Ingemar Stenmark as the skier with the most World Cup wins in history.[7]

Bjørndalen has won the Sprint world cup nine times in the seasons: 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1999-2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2007–08 and 2008-09. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen also came 2nd in the Sprint world cup in the seasons: 2003-04 and 2005-06. Ole Einar has won Pursuit world cup five times from 1999-00, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2007–08 and 2008-09. He has 2nd place in the seasons 2000-01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006-07 and 3rd places in 1996-97, 1998–99 and 2001-02. Bjoerndalen has been winner of the Mass start world cup five times in: 2002-03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2007-08. He came 2nd in 2000-01, 2003–04 and 2008-09. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen was number 3 in the Mass start world cup in the season 1998-99. He has also once won the Individual distance world cup. It was in 2004-05. Bjoerndalen has also finished number 2 in the 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2005-06 seasons. Ole Einar also came 3rd in the 1997-98 season. He has won a total of 20 times, 13 times finished in second place and five times came in 3rd place. Overall, he has been on the podium 38 times.[8]

Bjørndalen has won the relay world cup ten times in the seasons: 1997-98, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2015-16. He has 6 times finished second in the world cup relay in: 1996-97, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13 and 2014-15. Bjoerndalen also came in third place in 1998-99 and 2002-03. Altogether he has been on the podium 18 seasons in the world cup relay. Bjørndalen has won the mixed relay world cup 4 times. It happened in the seasons: 2012-13, 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015-16.[9] Bjørndalen has won (together with the Norwegian biathlon team) the nations cup ten times. It happened in the: 1998/99, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 season. Bjørndalen has also achieved five-second places in the nations cup in the years: 1999/00, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2005/06 and 2012/13. He has finished in third place in the nations cup 3 times, in the: 1996/97, 1997/98 and 2006/07 season. In total he has finished 18 times at the podium in the nations cup for men.[10]

He is the only biathlete ever to win all biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City Games).[11] This encompassed the sprint, pursuit, individual, and relay events, the latter together with three other participants. He was the most successful competitor at these Games.[12] This also made him only the third Winter Olympian to win four golds at one Games, and he was also the first biathlete to win more than two gold medals at a single Games. In addition, he had won all three competitions staged at the Olympic test event in Salt Lake City the previous year.[7] He also took a four gold medal haul at the Biathlon World Championships 2005 in Hochfilzen, Austria and at the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[1] Bjørndalen's 95 biathlon World Cup victories and one cross-country victory is two behind of Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann's record of 98 World Cup victories for a winter sport athlete.[1]

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Bjørndalen took three medals from five events, winning two silvers and a bronze.[7] At the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Bjørndalen became the most successful biathlete in Winter Olympic history by surpassing the previous record of nine career Olympic medals, which he shared with Uschi Disl of Germany. He then anchored Norway to gold in the 4 × 7.5 km relay. This was the second time that Norway had won a title in this event, with the other being at the 2002 Winter Olympics (also anchored by Bjørndalen). With this victory he became the second most decorated Winter Olympian of all time and one of only two athletes to win 11 medals at the Winter Olympics. With his gold medal in 10 km sprint at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, he tied fellow Norwegian Bjørn Dæhlie for most Winter Olympic medals, with 12 in total,[13] before overtaking Dæhlie by winning his second gold of the Games as part of the Norwegian mixed relay team.[7]

Bjørndalen in Kontiolahti, Finland, 12 February 2012, where he won the pursuit

As of February 19, 2014, Bjørndalen has won eight Olympic gold medals, four silver and a bronze.[14] He has also won 20 World Championship gold medals, 14 silver and ten bronze (more than anybody in biathlon history), along with a record 95 World Cup victories in biathlon and 1 World Cup victory in cross-country skiing, 179 podium finishes in biathlon individual races and 3 in cross-country skiing. He also finished in the top three of the Overall World Cup rankings for a record thirteen successive seasons between the 1996–97 and 2008–09 seasons.[1] In total Ole Einar Bjørndalen has won 44 Norwegian Championship gold medals. He has won 30 gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, biathlon, winter event: 20 individual gold medals: individual (4), sprint (6), pursuit (6), mass start (4) and 10 gold medals in relay and the team event: relay (8) and team (2).[15] Bjørndalen has also achieved 14 individual gold medals in the Norwegian Championship, biathlon, summer event: sprint (7) and pursuit (7).[16]

In January 2018 Arne Botnan, the sporting director for Norwegian biathlon, announced that Bjørndalen would not be selected for the 2018 Winter Olympics, after he failed to achieve the qualifying standard of a top six finish in a World Cup race before the Norwegian Biathlon Association was due to nominate its Olympic squad on the 15th of that month.[17] However, he did travel to the Games after being accredited as part of the Belorussian Olympic delegation as a coach, in order to support Darya Domracheva.[18] On 3 April 2018 Bjørndalen announced his retirement from competition, explaining that his form had been affected by heart murmurs several times during the previous season.[19]

2005–06 World Cup season[edit]

Bjørndalen finished the 2005–06 International Biathlon Union World Cup season in first place, with Frenchman Raphaël Poirée in second place and German Sven Fischer in third. Bjørndalen lay in third place in the standings going into the last three races of the season in Holmenkollen, with Poirée in first, and Fischer in second. However, Bjørndalen won all three races, giving him six victories in the last eight races, and clinching the crystal globe. He also won the pursuit, and the mass start title, and came second in the individual and the sprint. In the pursuit he finished ahead of Fischer by 54 points, and 29 points ahead of Poirée in the mass start. In the individual he finished 41 points behind Michael Greis, and in the sprint he was 5 points behind Tomasz Sikora. Norway finished fourth in the relay.

Bjørndalen closed out the season by winning all three events (sprint, pursuit, and mass start) at the Holmenkollen ski festival biathlon competition. This put his career victories at the ski events to five, having won once both in 2003 (pursuit) and in 2004 (sprint).

2006–07 World Cup season[edit]

Bjørndalen made a perfect start to the season, winning all of the first five races in Östersund and Hochfilzen. In the fifth race of the season, the pursuit race in Hochfilzen, he won with one of his largest margins ever, more than 2 minutes. On 30 December 2006 Bjørndalen took part in the Biathlon World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen in the Veltins Arena. In front of about 51,000 people he won it for fourth time in a row. His partner for second consecutive time was Linda Grubben. They both left their rivals, the Robert family, more than one minute behind.[20]

In Oberhof, coming down from training in the heights, Bjørndalen performed below standard for the season, and finishing only 30th and 5th in the individual competitions. In Ruhpolding he led his teammates to victory in the relay event. He won the two following individual competitions. After competing in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Sapporo 2007, he missed several Biathlon World Cup events; after missing eight competitions altogether Bjørndalen finished second in the overall standings, after German Michael Greis.

2008–09 World Cup season[edit]

Bjørndalen started off the season suffering from the effects of long-term illness, but still placed second in both of the pursuit events. He missed the Biathlon World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen, focusing on training instead. After the break, he returned with victories in both the sprint and pursuit events in Ruhpolding and a third place in the mass start in Oberhof.

At the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in Pyeongchang, during the men's 12.5 km pursuit, Bjørndalen with at least 15 other competitors accidentally skied the wrong way at the start of the first lap due to the bad marking. Just after leaving the start, the athletes skied over a bridge instead of skiing beside it, which was the right way. A jury meeting decided to give all these athletes a one-minute time penalty, following a complaint from the Russian team. However, another complaint by seven other member states led to the Appeal Jury reverting to the original result.[21] Along with Bjørndalen's first ever 20 km individual World Championship title, he won four out of six possible gold medals (10 km sprint, 12.5 km pursuit, 20 km individual and the 4 × 7.5 km relay).

After the World Championships Bjørndalen came second in the sprint in Vancouver, he took over the world cup overall lead. He followed up with a second place, and two victories at the events in Granåsen, Trondheim (the latter being a mass start where he shot clean). He secured his sixth overall win in the last sprint of the season, in Khanty-Mansiysk where he placed second. In the following event (a pursuit), he was beaten at the finish line by teammate Emil Hegle Svendsen, but won the pursuit cup.

Personal life[edit]

Bjørndalen grew up on a farm in Simostranda, the fourth of five children: one of his siblings is fellow biathlete Dag Bjørndalen. Both brothers were part of the Norwegian team that took the silver medal in the men's relay at the 1998 Winter Olympics.[7]

Bjørndalen resides in the village of Obertilliach, Austria. He also used to live in Toblach, Italy, with Italian-Belgian biathlete Nathalie Santer. They started dating in 1998 and married on 27 May 2006. On 4 October 2012, they filed for divorce by mutual consent.

In April 2016, along with announcing that he will continue his career until the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Bjørndalen confirmed that he was in a relationship with Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva, and that she was pregnant with the couple's first child.[22] On 7 July 2016, they married in Sjusjøen, Norway.[23] Their daughter Xenia was born on October 1, 2016.[24]

Awards and honors[edit]

Ole Einar Bjørndalen won the Aftenposten's gold medal in 1998. He was named the Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 2002 and 2014. For his accomplishments in biathlon and cross-country skiing, Bjørndalen received the Egebergs Ærespris in 2002. Bjørndalen was also awarded with the Fearnleys olympic honorary award in 2002. He was voted Best Male Athlete of 2002 by International Sports Press Association. Ole Einar Bjørndalen was nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2003.[25] He came second, only lost to Lance Armstrong that year, who was later rescinded. In 2008, a nearly three meter tall bronze statue of Bjørndalen, created by sculptor Kirsten Kokkin, was erected in his hometown of Simostranda, Norway.[26] Bjørndalen was awarded the Fair Play Mecenante Award in Castiglion in Fiorentino in Italy in 2009.[27] Bjørndalen was elected Biathlon Athlete of the Year by AIPS Nordic Ski and Biathlon Commission in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2009.[28] In March 2011, he, Michael Greis and Andrea Henkel were awarded the Holmenkollen Medal, the first biathletes to receive the medal.[29] In February 2014, Bjørndalen was voted Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Winter Olympics by International Sports Press Association.[30] In November 2014, Bjørndalen was awarded Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Winter Olympics by the Association des Comités Nationaux Olympiques.[31]

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Bjørndalen first participated in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Finland in the 10 kilometre freestyle event in a small town called Muonio in November 1998, finishing 23rd. His first podium place in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup came in Kuopio 25 November 2001, where he finished in 2nd place in the 10 km freestyle event. One month later he once again came in 2nd place, this time losing out to Per Elofsson in the 30 km freestyle mass-start event in Ramsau, Austria.

On 18 November 2006 Bjørndalen made history by becoming the first male biathlete to win a FIS Cross-Country World Cup event in the Swedish town Gällivare. Bjørndalen won the 15 km freestyle event.[32] In 2007 his countryman, and fellow biathlete Lars Berger won the 15 km cross-country event at the World Championship in 2007. Bjørndalen has twice finished on the podium in cross-country world cup relays for Norway: first in Beitostølen in 2003, where his team finished third, and secondly in La Clusaz in France in 2006, where Norway came in 2nd place.[33] In total Bjørndalen has been on the podium 5 times in the Cross-Country World Cup.

In addition, Bjørndalen has won FIS events in cross-country twice. His first win was in 1997 in the 30 kilometre freestyle event in Valdres, Norway, and the second was in the 10 km freestyle event in Beitostølen, Norway in 2006. He has also two 2nd places in a FIS-event: in the 15 km freestyle event in Misurina, Italy in 1998 and in the 10 km freestyle event at Beitostølen in 2004. In addition to this, Bjørndalen has one third place in a FIS event, in the 10 km freestyle at Beitostølen in 2001. Following his two Cross-Country World Cup podium finishes in the 2001-02 season, ahead of the 2002 Winter Olympics he stated that he was hoping to become the first competitor to take Olympic medals in both biathlon and cross-country skiing,[7] however Bjørndalen missed out on a cross-country medal, finishing 5th in the 30 km freestyle cross-country race in Salt Lake City on 9 February 2002.[33] He won Skarverennet in 2006 and 2007, and came in 2nd after Petter Northug in 2008.

Other victories[edit]

Ole Einar Bjørndalen won the Beach Volleyball Championship at Laguna Beach in 2001.[34] Bjørndalen has won the World Team Challenge biathlon exhibition event in Gelsenkirchen (held at the Veltins-Arena, the home ground of football club Schalke 04) in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.[35] Ole Einar Bjørndalen finished second in the 2003 Dobbiaco-Cortina, a long-distance cross-country skiing event, (42 km) in Italy in the town of Cortina. He took his second place in the 26th edition of this prestigious event,[36] finishing behind Italy's Costantin Pierluigi,[37] and finishing half a second behind Pierluigi's winning time of 1 hour 43 minutes and 16.5 seconds. In 2008, Bjørndalen won the biathlon exhibition event in Püttlingen and also at Blink Festival in Sandnes.[38] In April 2016, Bjørndalen and Karin Oberhofer won the Champions Race in Tyumen, Russia.[39]

Results[edit]

Bjørndalen in Trondheim, March 2009

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Olympic Winter Games[edit]

13 medals (8 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
Norway 1994 Lillehammer 36th 28th N/A N/A 7th N/A
Japan 1998 Nagano 7th Gold N/A N/A Silver N/A
United States 2002 Salt Lake City Gold Gold Gold N/A Gold N/A
Italy 2006 Turin Silver 11th Silver Bronze 5th N/A
Canada 2010 Vancouver Silver 17th 7th 27th Gold N/A
Russia 2014 Sochi 33rd Gold 4th 22nd 4th Gold
*Pursuit was first added in 2002, mass start in 2006 and the mixed relay in 2014.

World Championships[edit]

45 medals (20 gold, 14 silver, 11 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
Canada 1994 Canmore N/A N/A 4th N/A
Italy 1995 Antholz-Anterselva 12th 4th N/A N/A 5th N/A
Germany 1996 Ruhpolding 19th 6th N/A N/A 4th 4th N/A
Slovakia 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 6th 9th Bronze N/A 4th Silver N/A
Slovenia 1998 Pokljuka Silver N/A Gold N/A
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti 4th 19th 5th Bronze N/A Bronze N/A
Norway 2000 Oslo 20th 5th 4th Bronze N/A Silver N/A
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka 10th 19th 4th Silver N/A Bronze N/A
Norway 2002 Oslo 7th N/A N/A
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 30th Gold 8th Gold N/A 4th N/A
Germany 2004 Oberhof Bronze Bronze Bronze 7th N/A Silver N/A
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 6th Gold Gold Gold N/A Gold
Slovenia 2006 Pokljuka N/A Silver
Italy 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 32nd Gold Gold 4th N/A Silver
Sweden 2008 Östersund Silver Bronze Gold Silver N/A Silver
South Korea 2009 Pyeongchang Gold Gold Gold 4th N/A Gold 4th
Russia 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk N/A Silver
Russia 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 6th 22nd 24th 6th N/A Gold Gold
Germany 2012 Ruhpolding 47th 20th 14th 8th N/A Gold Gold
Czech Republic 2013 Nové Město 25th 4th 10th 24th N/A Gold
Finland 2015 Kontiolahti 6th 19th 5th 4th N/A Silver
Norway 2016 Oslo 17th Silver Silver Bronze N/A Gold
Austria 2017 Hochfilzen 47th 8th Bronze 23th N/A 8th
*Team was removed as an event in 1998, and pursuit was added in 1997 with mass start being added in 1999 and the mixed relay in 2005.

Overall record[edit]

Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay Team Total
1st Place 8 36 37 14 33 4 1 133
2nd Place 9 24 14 6 19 2 74
3rd Place 2 12 8 9 13 44
Top 10 15 40 31 15 11 1 113
11–20 10 31 11 10 1 63
21–40 16 13 5 5 39
41–50 6 5 11
Others 8 4 12
Starts 74 165 104 58 74 6 1 483
*Results in all IBU World Cup races.

Junior/Youth World Championships[edit]

Event Individual Sprint Relay Team
Canada 1992 Canmore 23rd 47th 6th Bronze
Germany 1993 Ruhpolding Gold Gold 8th Gold

World Cup[edit]

Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position
1992–93 - 62nd N/A N/A N/A N/A
1993–94 - 30th N/A N/A N/A N/A
1994–95 178 4th 115 1st N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995–96 141 9th 104 6th N/A N/A N/A N/A
1996–97 303 2nd 67 8th 158 1st 78 3rd N/A N/A
1997–98 289 1st 71 3rd 185 1st N/A N/A
1998–99 397 2nd 48 2nd 130 5th 174 3rd 45 3rd
1999–00 448 2nd 161 1st 200 1st 51 9th
2000–01 911 2nd 110 2nd 393 1st 272 2nd 136 2nd
2001–02 692 3rd 108 2nd 219 5th 315 3rd 50 17th
2002–03 737 1st 16 34th 328 1st 230 1st 150 1st
2003–04 901 2nd 75 6th 341 2nd 315 2nd 138 2nd
2004–05 923 1st 130 1st 330 1st 317 2nd 146 1st
2005–06 814 1st 92 2nd 253 2nd 283 1st 186 1st
2006–07 732 2nd 90 6th 201 10th 265 2nd 180 1st
2007–08 869 1st 59 7th 383 1st 247 1st 180 1st
2008–09 1080 1st 110 4th 372 1st 342 1st 199 2nd
2009–10 593 10th 54 25th 265 7th 108 16th 152 7th
2010–11 586 10th 126 4th 205 14th 113 20th 142 7th
2011–12 548 16th 199 18th 239 5th 110 17th
2012–13 463 22nd 33 35th 173 19th 167 16th 90 26th
2013–14 556 6th 10 44th 260 4th 194 9th 92 8th
2014–15 524 14th 76 11th 207 14th 134 19th 107 16th
2015–16 577 13th 84 7th 199 12th 167 14th 127 11th
2016–17 631 9th 83 9th 218 8th 183 17th 147 7th
2017–18 120 43rd 23 32nd 54 43rd 37 46th 6 43rd
*Pursuit was added as an event in the 1996-97 season, and mass start was added in the 1998-99 season.

Individual victories[edit]

95 victories (36 Sp, 37 Pu, 8 In, 14 MS); one victory at Winter Olympics 2014 isn’t counted as a World Cup victory.

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1995–96
1 victory
(1 In)
11 January 1996 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
1996–97
3 victories
(2 Sp, 1 Pu)
4 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
5 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 January 1997 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
1997–98
2 victories
(2 Sp)
17 January 1998 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 February 1998 Japan Nagano-Nozawa Onsen 10 km sprint Winter Olympic Games
1998–99
3 victories
(1 Sp. 2 Pu)
11 December 1998 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 January 1999 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
23 January 1999 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
1999–2000
5 victories
(1 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 In)
2 December 1999 Austria Hochfilzen 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
4 December 1999 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
6 January 2000 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
7 January 2000 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
22 January 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2000–01
8 victories
(4 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
1 December 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 December 2000 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
12 January 2001 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2001 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
21 January 2001 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
28 February 2001 United States Salt Lake City 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2 March 2001 United States Salt Lake City 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 March 2001 United States Salt Lake City 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2001–02
5 victories
(2 Sp, 2 Pu, 1 In)
6 December 2001 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 December 2001 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 20 km individual Winter Olympic Games
13 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 10 km sprint Winter Olympic Games
16 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 12.5 km pursuit Winter Olympic Games
2002–03
11 victories
(4 Sp, 4 Pu, 3 MS)
8 December 2002 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 December 2002 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
15 December 2002 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
9 January 2003 Germany Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
12 January 2003 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2003 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
19 January 2003 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
9 February 2003 Finland Lahti 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
16 February 2003 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
15 March 2003 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
23 March 2003 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
2003–04
5 victories
(1 Sp, 4 Pu)
4 December 2003 Finland Kontiolahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
7 December 2003 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 December 2003 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
10 January 2004 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2004 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2004–05
12 victories
(5 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
2 December 2004 Norway Beitostølen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 December 2004 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
15 January 2005 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
16 January 2005 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
19 January 2005 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
21 January 2005 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
23 January 2005 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
20 February 2005 Slovenia Pokljuka 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
5 March 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
6 March 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
13 March 2005 Austria Hochfilzen 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
17 March 2005 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2005–06
8 victories
(2 Sp, 4 Pu, 2 MS)
27 November 2005 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
22 January 2006 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
8 March 2006 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 March 2006 Slovenia Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 March 2006 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
23 March 2006 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
25 March 2006 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
26 March 2006 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2006–07
11 victories
(4 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 In, 2 MS)
30 November 2006 Sweden Östersund 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2 December 2006 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 December 2006 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 December 2006 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 December 2006 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
13 January 2007 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
14 January 2007 Germany Ruhpolding 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
3 February 2007 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
4 February 2007 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
10 March 2007 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 March 2007 Norway Oslo Holmenkollen 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2007–08
7 victories
(3 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)
1 December 2007 Finland Kontiolahti 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
8 December 2007 Austria Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
15 December 2007 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
6 January 2008 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
20 January 2008 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
10 February 2008 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
6 March 2008 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
2008–09
7 victories
(2 Sp, 3 Pu, 1 In, 1 MS)
17 January 2009 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2009 Germany Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 February 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang 10 km sprint Biathlon World Championships
15 February 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
17 February 2009 South Korea Pyeongchang 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
21 March 2009 Norway Trondheim 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
22 March 2009 Norway Trondheim 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2009–10
3 victories
(2 Sp, 1 MS)
5 December 2009 Sweden Östersund 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 December 2009 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
10 January 2010 Germany Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2010–11
1 victory
(1 Pu)
5 December 2010 Sweden Östersund 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2011–12
1 victory
(1 Pu)
12 February 2012 Finland Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2013–14
1 victory
(1 Sp)
8 February 2014 Russia Sochi 10 km sprint Winter Olympic Games
2015–16
1 victory
(1 In)
2 December 2015 Sweden Östersund 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.

Victories by year[edit]

Year Ranking
overall
Number of
victories
2015–16 9 1
2014–15 14
2013–14 6 1
2012–13 22
2011–12 16 1
2010–11 10 1
2009–10 10 3
2008–09 1 7
2007–08 1 7
2006–07 2 11 + 1
2005–06 1 8
2004–05 1 12
2003–04 2 5
2002–03 1 11
2001–02 3 5
2000–01 2 8
1999–00 2 5
1998–99 2 3
1997–98 1 2
1996–97 2 3
1995–96 9 1
1994–95 4
1993–94 30
1992–93 62
Total 6 victories 95 + 1

Shooting[edit]

Bjørndalen is a solid shooter, but is generally outside the top twenty marksmen. Bjørndalen finished the 2005–06 season with a shooting percentage of 84%, hitting 292 out of 345 possible targets, that placed him in 36th position for shooting accuracy. His shooting record for both prone and standing were practically identical, 146/172 in the prone and 146/173 in the standing position. In the individual disciplines, he shot 92% in the individual, 89% in the sprint, 96% in the pursuit, 93% in the mass start and 96% in the relay.

In the 2004–05 season Bjørndalen was the 16th best shot with an 85% success rate, the second best Norwegian behind Egil Gjelland. He hit 331 targets out of a possible 364. His prone like most biathletes was much better than his standing shoot, he hit 169/180 (92%) in the prone and 163/184 (81%) in the standing. He had an average of 88% in the individual, sprint and relay, a 91% hit rate in the mass start but only 79% in the pursuit. During his career in 1999/00 he averaged 82%, in 2000–01 78%, 2001–02 74%, 2002–03 86% and in 2003–04 he hit 80% of the targets, however in those five years his standing shoot was the same or better than his prone shoot. In comparison, his greatest rival Raphaël Poirée averaged 87% in 2004–05 and 86% in 2005–06. Nikolay Kruglov was the best shot in 2004–05 with a 91% success rate, with Ricco Groß in second with 89%, and in 2005 Julien Robert was best with a 93% average and Groß again second with 91%.[1]

Shooting statistics[edit]

Statistics sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Shooting 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Overall 85% 84% 84% 83% 85% 83% 86% 80% 85% 84% 85%
Prone position 89% 84% 85% 84% 85% 87% 89% 85% 88% 84% 86%
Standing position 81% 84% 84% 82% 86% 80% 83% 75% 82% 84% 84%

and [40]

Equipment[edit]

Bjørndalen uses Madshus skis, boots and poles. He uses Rottefella NNN bindings. His gloves and base layer are from Odlo, and he uses Casco glasses.[citation needed]

During the off-season in 2006 Bjørndalen was testing a new ski boot that had a high heel in the Torsby ski tunnel with boot manufacturers Madshus. The theory is that it forces the knee more forward for better position and it incorporates the large gluteal muscles.[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  40. ^ [1]
  41. ^ Prestvik, Johan (19 October 2006). "Will Bjorndalen Win Gold In High Heels". FasterSkier. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Olaf Tufte
Magnus Carlsen
Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year
2002
2014
Succeeded by
Petter Solberg
Petter Northug
Records
Preceded by
Norway Bjørn Dæhlie
Athletes with the most medals at Winter Olympics
February 19, 2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent