Magnar SOLBERG

Biathlon

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Grenoble 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1937
Olympic Results

Biography

Magnar SOLBERG

At the Grenoble Olympic Games in 1968, Magnar Solberg, a 31-year-old policeman, surprised the biathlon world by winning the gold medal in the 20km race. He did so by achieving a perfect shooting score - something he had never done before.

Writing Olympic history

This gave him a victory of 54.5 seconds. He also won a silver medal with the norwegian team in the 4x7.5km relay. Four years later, at the Sapporo Games, he missed twice, but still skied fast enough to gain a 12.10-second victory over Hansjörg Knauthe. Solberg remains the only biathlete in Olympic history to successfully defend his title in an individual event. He also holds the Winter Olympics record as the oldest gold medalist in an individual event. When he won in 1972, Solberg was 35 years 4 days old.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sapporo 1972

G
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
#4
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Grenoble 1968

G
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
S
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon