Ole Einar BJØRNDALEN

Norway NOR

Biathlon

  • Olympic Medals
    8 G
    4 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    6
  • First Olympic Games
    Lillehammer 1994
  • Year of Birth
    1974
Olympic Results

Biography

Ole Einar BJØRNDALEN

No man has won more Olympic Winter Games golds, medals, World Cup races and world titles than biathlon great Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who spent a quarter of a century at the very top of his sport. The Norwegian finally hung up his skis and rifle at the age of 44, in April 2018, leaving a huge legacy for biathlon and for sport in general.

Lillehammer learning curve

Bjørndalen made his Olympic debut on home snow at Lillehammer 1994 at the age of 20. He finished 36th in the 20km individual pursuit and 28th in the sprint, while helping the host quartet finish seventh in the men’s relay. The experience stood him in good stead. Four years later in Nagano, he claimed his first Olympic title in the sprint, and also featured in the Norwegian four that took relay silver

Salt Lake supremacy

At Salt Lake City 2002, by now 28 and in his prime, Bjørndalen’s medal-winning exploits gained momentum, as he achieved a remarkable clean sweep of the biathlon golds, winning the sprint, the pursuit, the 20km individual and the 4x7.5km relay. By the time he arrived in Turin for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, he was already established at the top of his sport. However, there were no more gold medals this time. Instead he had to settle for silvers in the 20km individual and pursuit events, and a bronze in the new mass-start event.

At Vancouver 2010, the Norwegian took his Olympic medal tally to 11, winning silver in the 20km individual before claiming gold alongside Halvard Hannevold, Tarjei Bø and Emil Hegle Svendsen in the men’s relay. Not for nothing was Bjørndalen known during his career as “The Cannibal” – such was his insatiable appetite for success.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

G
10 kilometres Sprint
10 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
#4
12.5 kilometres Pursuit
12.5 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
#22
15 kilometres Mass Start
15 kilometres Mass Start Biathlon
#33
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
#4
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
G
2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

#17
10 kilometres Sprint
10 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
S
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
#7
12.5 kilometres Pursuit
12.5 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
#27
15 kilometres Mass Start
15 kilometres Mass Start Biathlon
G
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

#11
10 kilometres Sprint
10 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
S
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
B
15 kilometres Mass Start
15 kilometres Mass Start Biathlon
S
12.5 kilometres Pursuit
12.5 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
#5
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

G
10 kilometres Sprint
10 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
G
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
G
12.5 kilometres Pursuit
12.5 kilometres Pursuit Biathlon
G
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
#5
30 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle
30 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Nagano 1998

G
10 kilometres Sprint
10 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
#7
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
S
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lillehammer 1994

#28
10 kilometres Sprint
10 kilometres Sprint Biathlon
#36
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
#7
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Biathlon