Darya DOMRACHEVA

Belarus BLR

Biathlon

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Vancouver 2010
  • Year of Birth
    1986
Olympic Results

Biography

Darya DOMRACHEVA

After becoming the first female biathlete in history to win three titles at the same Olympic Winter Games, at Sochi 2014, Darya Domracheva was absent from the competitive arena for a long period, initially on account of illness. In 2016 she married Ole Einar Bjørndalen and gave birth to baby daughter Xenia, before making a triumphant return, helping Belarus win relay gold at PyeongChang 2018 to take her gold medal tally to four, a record for women’s biathlon.

A siberian childhood

Born in Minsk on 3 August 1986, Domracheva was four when she moved to Nyagan in Siberia, a new town that her architect parents were helping to build. She grew up just a short distance from Khantyi-Mansiisk, one of the hotbeds of world biathlon. Having taken up skiing at the age of six, she joined the newly opened Nyagan Biathlon School in 1999, proving so good at the sport that she was obliged to compete with the boys, whom she beat on a regular basis, an early sign that she was destined for greatness.

The road to Olympic glory

Domracheva returned to Minsk in 2003 and won the sprint and pursuit titles at the Junior World Championships two years later. She made her IBU World Cup debut at the age of 20 in 2006, and burst into the elite in the 2008/09 season, earning a string of podium finishes. Prompted by her success, in January 2009 she declared: “I want to be an Olympic champion and I’m going to work very hard to make that happen.”

At Vancouver 2010, she took the bronze medal in the 15km individual and followed up shortly afterwards with her first two IBU World Cup wins, in the sprint and pursuit, in Kontiolahti (FIN). Next came her first crystal globe, in the pursuit, followed by two world titles – in the pursuit in Ruhpolding (GER) in 2012 and the mass start in Nove Mesto (CZE) a year later. By the time Sochi 2014 came around, Domracheva was firmly established as one of the world’s leading female biathletes and a favourite at all distances. When the chance to make history beckoned, she did not disappoint.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

PyeongChang 2018

#9
7.5 kilometres Sprint
7.5 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
#37
10 kilometres Pursuit
10 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
S
12.5 kilometres Mass Start
12.5 kilometres Mass Start Biathlon
#27
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Biathlon
G
4 × 6 kilometres Relay
4 × 6 kilometres Relay Biathlon
#5
2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

#8
7.5 kilometres Sprint
7.5 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
G
10 kilometres Pursuit
10 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
G
12.5 kilometres Mass Start
12.5 kilometres Mass Start Biathlon
G
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Biathlon
#4
4 × 6 kilometres Relay
4 × 6 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

#8
7.5 kilometres Sprint
7.5 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
B
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Biathlon
#14
10 kilometres Pursuit
10 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
#5
12.5 kilometres Mass Start
12.5 kilometres Mass Start Biathlon
#7
4 × 6 kilometres Relay
4 × 6 kilometres Relay Biathlon