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Ole Einar Bjørndalen
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Personal information
Full name Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Date of birth 27 January 1974 (1974-01-27) (age 36)
Place of birth Drammen, Norway
Height 179 cm
Professional information
Club Simostranda IL
Skis Madshus
World Cup
Seasons 1992- (Biathlon)
Wins 91 (Biathlon)
1 (Cross country)
Additional podiums 68 (Biathlon)
2 (Cross country)
Total podiums 158 (Biathlon)
3 (Cross country)
Infobox last updated on: January 14, 2010
Medal record
Men's biathlon
Competitor for  Norway
Olympic Games
Gold 2010 Vancouver 4 x 7.5 km relay
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 4 x 7.5 km relay
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 20 km individual
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 12.5 km pursuit
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City 10 km sprint
Gold 1998 Nagano 10 km sprint
Silver 2010 Vancouver 20 km individual
Silver 2006 Turin 20 km individual
Silver 2006 Turin 12.5 km pursuit
Silver 1998 Nagano 4 x 7.5 km relay
Bronze 2006 Turin 15 km mass start
World Championships
Gold 2009 Pyeongchang 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold 2009 Pyeongchang 20 km individual
Gold 2009 Pyeongchang 12.5 km pursuit
Gold 2009 Pyeongchang 10 km sprint
Gold 2008 Östersund 12.5 km pursuit
Gold 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint
Gold 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit
Gold 2005 Hochfilzen 10 km sprint
Gold 2005 Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit
Gold 2005 Hochfilzen 15 km mass start
Gold 2005 Hochfilzen 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint
Gold 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km mass start
Gold 1998 Pokljuka Team
Silver 2008 Östersund 20 km individual
Silver 2008 Östersund 4 × 7.5 km relay
Silver 2008 Östersund 15 km mass start
Silver 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 4 × 7.5 km relay
Silver 2006 Pokljuka 4x6 km relay, mixed
Silver 2004 Oberhof 4 × 7.5 km relay
Silver 2001 Pokljuka 15 km mass start
Silver 2000 Oslo 4 × 7.5 km relay
Silver 1998 Pokljuka 12.5 km pursuit
Silver 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 4 x 7.5 km relay
Bronze 2008 Östersund 10 km sprint
Bronze 2004 Oberhof 10 km sprint
Bronze 2004 Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit
Bronze 2004 Oberhof 20 km individual
Bronze 2001 Pokljuka 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze 2000 Oslo 15 km mass start
Bronze 1999 Kontiolahti 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze 1999 Kontiolahti 15 km mass start
Bronze 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 12.5 km pursuit

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (usually Ole Einar Bjoerndalen in English) (born 27 January 1974; from Simostranda in Modum, (southeastern Norway) is a Norwegian career biathlete. Bjørndalen has won six Olympic gold medals, four silvers and a bronze (more than anyone in biathlon), as well as fourteen World Championship gold medals. In addition, he has a record 91 World Cup victories, and he became the first ever biathlete to win a FIS Cross Country World Cup race, in Gällivare, Sweden in 2006. He is also the only biathlete who has won every single event during the same Winter Olympic Games. He achieved this feat at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, this makes him one of only three Olympians who have won four gold medals during the same Winter Games. He repeated this medal haul at the 2009 Biathlon World Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After winning a silver medal in the 20 km individual at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Bjørndalen became the most successful biathlete in Winter Olympic history by surpassing the previous record of 9 career Winter Olympic medals, which he shared with Uschi Disl of Germany. Several days later he anchored Norway to gold in the 4x7.5 km relay. This victory makes him the 2nd most successful Winter Olympian of all time. Only fellow Norwegian Bjørn Dæhlie has won more Olympic medals, with 12 in total. He is one of only two athletes to win 11 medals at the Winter Olympics. Bjørndalen finished in the top 3 of the World Cup rankings for a record thirteen successive seasons. He is generally viewed as the greatest biathlete of all time.

He lives in the village of Toblach (Dobbiaco) in Italy and Obertilliach in Austria with his wife, Italian-Belgian biathlete Nathalie Santer, whom he married on 27 May 2006.

Contents

Career

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2005/06 World Cup season

Bjørndalen finished the 2005/06 IBU Biathlon 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 Poiree 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 Poiree 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 team relay.

His winning the World Cup title was all the more spectacular because of a cold he developed over the last Christmas period, in which he missed races 5 to 11, only coming back for the three events in Antholz, Italy, starting on 19 January 2006, this being the last World Cup competition before the 2006 Winter Olympics. During his illness Bjørndalen spent eight days in bed, and only started training six days before the first race in Antholz, including in his preparations two high intensity skiing sessions but no shooting practice. Probably that is one of the major reasons for his not-as-expected performance at the Winter Olympics in Turin. His not so fast skiing and unsecure shooting along with extremely bad luck left him without any gold medal and "only" with 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. It's a pity that his best and superhuman performance came at the relay event, where at the 3rd exchange he found Norway on 10th place about 2:40 minutes behind. By incredibly fast skiing, extremely fast and non-failure shooting Bjørndalen managed to reach the 5th place, having decreased 1:20 minutes. His absence from the races during the season and him still being able to win the championship further fuels the discussion of whether there are too many races in the World Cup schedule and whether athletes should be advised to sit some out.

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

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 famous Biathlon World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen (Veltins Arena, the Schalke 04's stadium). In front of about 51 000 people he won it for 4th time in a row. His partner for second consecutive time was Linda Grubben. They both left their greatest rivals, the Robert family, more than 1 minute behind. In Oberhof, coming down from training in the heights, he performed below standard for the season, shooting bad, and finishing only 30th and 5th in the individual cometitions. In Ruhpolding Ole started good as usual by leading his team-mates to victory in the relay event. In the 2 following individual competitions he cormfirmed he was back on track winning the 2 individual competitions. Since he participated in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Sapporo 2007, he missed several Biathlon World Cup events, and after missing 8 competitions altogether Bjørndalen finished second in the overall standings, after German Michael Greis

2008/09 World Cup season

Bjørndalen started off the season suffering from the effects of long-term illness. Although delivering mostly rather unusual results in the races before the Christmas break, he still placed second in both of the pursuit events. He skipped the Biathlon World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen, focusing on training instead. After the break, he returned with variable, but more stable results, including victories in both the sprint and pursuit events in Ruhpolding and a third place in the mass start in Oberhof.

Controversy at World Championships 2009

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. Just after leaving the start, the athletes skied over a bridge instead of skiing besides it (they lost 2 seconds that way), 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. And with his first ever 20 km Individual World Championship title[1] he won 4 out of 6 possible gold medals (10 km sprint, 12.5 km pursuit, 20 km Individual and the 4×7.5 km relay).

After the World Championships he kept on achieving victories. With a second place 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, for the first time in quite a while, shot clean). With the last one, he had 89. world cup victories (3 above Ingemar Stenmark), and 151 podiums. 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 fellow teammate Emil Hegle Svendsen, and won the pursuit cup as well.

Achievements & Honours

In 1993, at the age of 19, Bjørndalen became the first biathlete ever to win a grand slam by winning all 3 possible gold medals on the Junior Biathlon World Championships. As of February 2009, Bjørndalen has won five Olympic gold medals, three Olympic silver, one Olympic bronze, thirteen World Championship gold medals, ten silver, and nine bronze, and a record high of 91 individual Biathlon World Cup wins, the most of any biathlete to date. He has won the World Cup six times (1997/1998, 2002/2003, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2007/2008, and 2008/2009) finished second four times (1998/1999, 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2003/2004), and third once (2001/2002). In his first season (1992/1993) he finished 62nd, the season after, 30th and the season after that, 4th. When winning the overall world cup in 1998, at the age of 24, he actually won all that is possible in biathlon in one season - world championships gold medal, Olympic gold medal and the overall world cup title. His World Cup podium record is 157 (more than 157 including the victory and the podiums in cross-country) podium finishes, 91 1st places, 44 2nd places, and 22 3rd places. He is the only biathlete ever to win all four biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City Games). This encompasses the sprint, pursuit, individual, and relay events, the latter together with three other participants (The first mass start only began in the 2006 Winter Olympics). He has said his target is to win nine Olympic gold medals before he, if he choses to follow the current plan, retires after the 2014 Games in Sochi. According to his wife, Nathalie Santer, and himself, as long as he is healthy and has the energy and motivation, he will race until 2014. Bjørndalen's 91 Biathlon World Cup victories and 1 Cross Country victory is twenty-nine ahead of Annemarie Moser-Pröll and he is now ahead of Ingemar Stenmark's former record of 86 World Cup victories.

Bjørndalen occasionally competes in cross country races, and has raced in World Championships before. During the off season in April, the Norwegian Skarverennet takes place, a 38 km race in the mountains between Finse and Ustaoset. Bjørndalen has competed in this competition, in 2006 he won the race in a time of 1:31.25, one second ahead of Frode Andresen, and seven seconds ahead of third place Kristen Skjeldal. In 2007 he won the race again and in 2008 he finished on second place. For his accomplishments in biathlon and cross-country skiing, Bjørndalen received the Egebergs Ærespris in 2002.

Record

Bjørndalen in Trondheim, March 2009

Olympic Games

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay
Norway 1994 Lillehammer 36th 28th 5th
Japan 1998 Nagano 7th Gold Silver
United States 2002 Salt Lake City Gold Gold Gold Gold
Italy 2006 Turin Silver 11th Silver Bronze 5th
Canada 2010 Vancouver Silver 17th 7th 27th Gold

World Championships

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
Italy 1995 Antholz 12th 4th 5th
Germany 1996 Ruhpolding 19th 6th 4th
Slovakia 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 6th 9th Bronze Silver
Slovenia 1998 Pokljuka Silver Gold
Finland 1999 Kontiolahti 4th 19th 5th Bronze Bronze
Norway 2000 Oslo 20th 5th 4th Bronze Silver
Slovenia 2001 Pokljuka 10th 19th 4th Silver Bronze
Russia 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 30th Gold 8th Gold 4th
Germany 2004 Oberhof Bronze Bronze Bronze 7th Silver
Austria 2005 Hochfilzen 6th Gold Gold Gold Gold
Slovenia 2006 Pokljuka Silver
Italy 2007 Antholz 32 Gold Gold 4th Silver
Sweden 2008 Östersund Silver Bronze Gold Silver Silver
South Korea 2009 Pyeongchang Gold Gold Gold 4th Gold 4th

Overall record

Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay Total
1st Place 7 35 35 14 21 - 112
2nd Place 8 19 11 6 15 1 60
3rd Place 2 10 6 6 10 - 34
Top 10 12 33 20 11 10 1 87
11-20 11 19 6 4 - - 40
21-40 13 5 1 1 - - 20
41-50 3 5 1 - - 9
Others 7 2 - - - 9
Starts 62 127 80 42 56 2 371
*Results in all IBU World Cup races.

Junior/Youth World Championships

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

Individual victories

Date Event Competition Level
11 January 1996 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
4 January 1997 Germany Oberhof 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
5th Januray 1997 Germany Oberhof 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
11 January 1997 Germany Ruhpolding 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 January 1998 Italy Antholz-Anterselva 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 February 1998 Japan Nagano-Nozawa Onsen 10 km Sprint Olympic Winter Games
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
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
1 December 2000 Austria Hochfilzen 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
17 December 2000 Slovakia Brezno-Osrblie 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
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 Olympic Winter Games
13 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 10 km Sprint Olympic Winter Games
16 February 2002 United States Salt Lake City 12.5 km Pursuit Olympic Winter Games
8 December 2002 Sweden Oestersund 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Cup
14 December 2002 Slovenia Pokljuka 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
15 December 2002 Slovenia Pokljuka 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
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
2 December 2004 Norway Beitostolen 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
27 November 2005 Sweden Oestersund 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
30 November 2006 Sweden Oestersund 20 km Individual Biathlon World Cup
2 December 2006 Sweden Oestersund 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 December 2006 Sweden Oestersund 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
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 Oestersund 12.5 km Pursuit Biathlon World Championships
6 March 2008 Russia Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km Sprint Biathlon World Cup
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
5 December 2009 Sweden Oestersund 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
*Results are from IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Skiing

Bjørndalen is a fast skier, and the first biathlete, to win an FIS cross-country world cup race. Fellow teammate Lars Berger is the only biathlete to win indiviual and relay medals in both biathlon and cross-country skiing World Championships (both of the relay medals were gold medals). Bjørndalen excels on hills, is very quick on the flat, and he's also good at downhill, because of his balance skills and technique. His ease on hills lies in his slight frame. Skiers such as Bjørndalen and Raphael Poiree who are smaller built tend to 'float', or glide over hills.

Bjørndalen's general tactic has been to skate as hard and as fast as possible from the start of the race, and build up a large lead, so that he is able to afford a miss in the shooting (a penalty lap takes roughly 23 seconds), and still be in the top. Although Bjørndalen has shown at the beginning of the 2006/07 season that he is taking the first lap slower in order to judge the pace of the race, and then steadily increase his pace.

Shooting

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 Raphael Poiree 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%.

Bjørndalen does have a shooting pattern. During the 2003/04 and 2004/05 season Bjørndalen took to firing an empty round for his first shot, so that he could get into a comfortable rhythm without missing the first target, though he appeared to have stopped doing this since in the 2005/06 season. Like most biathletes, Bjørndalen reaches for the barrel and swings it around to prepare to shoot, though this is not really possible when competing in biathlon in the summer as the rifles are different and less sturdy and pulling on the barrel might misalign the sights. Bjørndalen also shoots like most biathles from right to left because the rifle becomes more stable after every shot when the athletes are running out of breath (which they hold when shooting). However Bjørndalen has a tendency to shoot the first three targets from right to left, but then shoot the leftmost target and then the remaining target, second from the left.

Bjørndalen also started a trend of having a picture of an eye on the blinder.

Shooting statistics

Shooting 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09
Overall 85% 84% 84% 83% 85%
Prone Position 89% 84% 85% 84% 85%
Standing Position 81% 84% 84% 82% 86%

Equipment

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.

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 maunfacturers Madshus. The theory is that it forces the knee more forward for better position and it incorporates the large gluteal muscles. [1]

References

See also

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Anders Aukland
Egebergs Ærespris
2002
Succeeded by
Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen

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