Biathlon in History

Events in Sport


Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924-01-29 Swiss team of Denis Vaucher (C), Alfred Aufdenblatten, Antoine Julen & Alfons Julen win the military patrol gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; first version of the biathlon

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Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
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  • 1960-02-21 Biathlon debuts at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Klas Lestander from Sweden becomes the first Olympic champion ahead of Finland's Antti Tyrväinen and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov
  • 1968-02-15 Biathlon 4 x 7.5k relay debuts at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with the Soviet Union taking the gold medal ahead of Norway and Sweden
  • 1980-02-22 Aleksandr Tikhonov of the Soviet Union earns his 4th straight gold medal as part of the 4 x 7.5k biathlon relay team at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • 1980-02-22 Soviet biathlete Anatoly Alyabyev wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 7.5k relay team; also wins individual gold
  • 1984-02-17 Biathletes Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and West German Peter Angerer finish 2nd & 3rd respectively in the relay at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; both have complete sets of medals from biathlon events at the Games
  • 2014-02-09 Slovak biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina retains her Olympic 7.5k sprint title (Vancouver 2010) at the Sochi Winter Games
  • 2014-02-13 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the individual competition; also claims the pursuit title
  • 2014-02-17 Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva wins her 3rd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mass start; also wins individual and pursuit gold
  • 2014-02-19 Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjørndalen (sprint gold) and Emil Hegle Svendsen (mass start gold), each win their 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mixed relay
  • 2018-02-10 German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins women's 7.5k sprint gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 10k pursuit gold
  • 2018-02-12 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins men's 12.5k pursuit gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 15k mass start gold
  • 2018-02-12 German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's 10k pursuit; also wins 7.5k sprint gold
  • 2018-02-15 IBU Female Rookie of the Year, Hanna Öberg of Sweden wins 15k individual biathlon gold medal with 4 clean shootings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first victory and podium of her career
  • 2018-02-17 Russian biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in women's 12.5k mass start in Pyeongchang; 7.5k sprint champion in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-18 Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 15k mass start biathlon; also wins men's 12.5k pursuit & mixed relay
  • 2018-02-20 Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 3rd gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the biathlon mixed relay; also wins 12.5k pursuit & 15k mass start; 5th career gold (2 Sochi 2014)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1931-04-18 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960), born in Arjeplog, Sweden
  • 1937-02-04 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1947-01-02 Aleksandr Tikhonov, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold biathlon relay 1968, 72, 76, 80), born in Uyskoye, Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1957-03-09 Jon Engen, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1958-01-24 Frank Ullrich, German world biathlon champion, born in Trusetal, Germany
  • 1960-11-25 Mary Ostergren, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1965-11-22 R Duncan Douglas, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965-12-12 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966-07-20 Beth Coats, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1966-09-06 Joan Guetschow, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1967-03-09 Curt Schreiner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • 1967-06-25 Joan Smith, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1967-07-25 Dave Jareckie, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1969-12-22 Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City
  • 1973-02-22 Ntala Skinner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 1981-03-18 Tora Berger, Norwegian biathlete
  • 1987-02-09 Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • 1988-09-14 Martin Fourcade, French biathlete (5 Olympic gold 2014, 18), born in Perpignan, France
  • 1995-11-02 Hanna Öberg, Swedish biathlete (Olympic gold 15k individual 2018; World C'ship gold 2019), born in Kiruna, Lapland