Sunday February 17. was the end of a long, extremely nerve wrecking and – seen with Norwegian eyes – unbelievable week. I can hardly fathom the result after The World Championship in Biathlon in Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic. I asked the International Biathlon Union for permission to use a couple of their photos, but that was harshly and promptly denied. The Norwegian Biathlon Association on the other hand was very kind and gave me special permission to use the photo below. Thank you so very much! That made my day!
The championship exceeded any and all expectation for the Norwegian fans! Tora Berger beat Liv Grete Skjelbreid Poirée’s old record of a total of 7 gold medals in total. Tora has now taken 18 Olympic and World Championship Medals. In this championship alone – she took 4 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals… Emil Hegle Svendsen was the strongest Norwegian competitor on the men’s side with 4 Gold Medals and 1 Bronze Medal. Unbelievable…
In all – the Norwegian Team took 8 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal in 11 different races…
The fantastic statistics can be found here in this Wikipedia Article.
A BIG THANK YOU to Norsk Skiskytterforbund (Norwegian Biathlon Association) for granting me permission to use this photo that represents the biggest I have ever witnessed in the World of Sports – ever. Please visit the Norwegian Biathlon Association here for som great photos and news (Norwegian)
And special thanks to Tora Berger, Tiril Eckhoff , Hilde Fenne, Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland, Fanny Welle-Strand Horn, Synnøve Solemdal, Lars Helge Birkeland, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Erlend Øvereng Bjøntegaard, Tarjei Bø Gull, Emil Hegle Svendsen and Henrik L’Abée-Lund AND last but not least – The Norwegian Support Team, trainers, ski-preppers, association representatives and fans who all made this a FANTASTIC event for a guy totally hooked on what must be the most thrilling sport in The Entire World!
What a fantastic week! I don’t know what has impressed me most. There have been so many memorable moments, I can hardly count them. When the Norwegian men worked their way up from a 19th place, after their first shooting, and scored the gold medal this Friday I was a total wreck from excitement.
And today Tora Berger did a fantastic effort which placed Norway firmly at the top op of the Medal Statistics this World Championship 2012 in Ruhpolding. I don’t know where that woman gets her strength from… She seemed so enormously tired today from all the races she has been doing this week, but she did it – gathered unimaginably strength and won the gold medal.
The entire bunch of Norwegian athletes – in the World’s Best and Finest sport – Biathlon (practically the only sport I watch) has given me so many brilliant and joyous moments this week!
Women (unordered list)
- Tora Berger (The Queen of The World Championship 2012)
- Synnøve Solemdal
- Fanny Welle-Strand Horn
- Elise Ringen
Men (unordered list)
- Emil Hegle Svendsen
- Ole Einar Bjørndalen (The King of Biathlon)
- Rune Bratsveen
- Tarjei Bø
Einar Bjørndalen (photo: Okino)
Berger (photo: Jarle Vines Jarvin)
Hegle Svendsen (photo: Jarle Vines Jarvin)
Solemdal (photo: Miceman)
Bratsveen (photo: Njaelkies lea (Lars Falkdalen Lindahl))
Ringen (photo: miceman)
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On 1/24 it could be too late… The clock is ticking…
Like I’ve mentioned earlier – BITAHLON is the GREATEST sport on the planet – at least to my estimation! And what a fantastic week it has been! The Norwegian biathletes has taken one top place after the other. And fantastic achievements all around. Tomorrow is the last race before Christmas. A mixed team race.
As you can se from the World Cup results this season – being Norwegian has given a lot of joy in this extremely exciting sport!
In the World Cup top ten total for men, Tarjei Bø is ranked number 1 with 308 points, Emil Hegle Svendsen is ranked number 3 with 242 points and – the King of Biathlon – Ole Einar Bjørndalen is ranked number 8 with 188 points!
In the World Cup top ten total for women, Tora Berger is ranked number 6 with 243 points.
Today – another win by the greatest biathlete in history!
Biathlon is the greatest sport in the world! Well, this is my firm belief anyway. The sport is not only a question of speed or strength, but there is a very distinct psychological component in the game. Just a few years back I didn’t have much interest in the sport, but after I understood the psychology behind a perfect race, I simply can’t get enough of the game!
And the undisputed champion of the sport is Ole Einar Bjørndalen. He fell yesterday and lost the first place to another great biathlete – the Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen. Today he got his revenge and secured yet another gold medal in the World Cup.
In 1992, Ole Einar Bjørndalen won his first career medal at the junior world championships. A year later In 1993, after winning a record three junior world championship titles, Bjørndalen made his Biathlon World Cup debut.
His breakthrough came in 1994 when he featured on his first World Cup podium in a Sprint race held in Bad Gastein, Austria. Bjørndalen’s first participation at the Olympic Games was during the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, which were held in his home country of Norway. He obtained his first major victory on 11 January 1996 in an individual competition held in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy.
Bjørndalen occasionally competes in cross-country skiing, and in 2006 he won an FIS Cross-Country World Cup race in Gällivare, Sweden, to become the first ever biathlete to win a cross-country competition. He is also the only biathlete who has won every event during the same Winter Olympic Games (four gold medals). He achieved this feat at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, this makes him one of only three Olympians to win four gold medals during the same Winter Games. Seven years later he repeated this medal haul at the 2009 Biathlon World Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
At the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Bjørndalen became the most successful biathlete in Winter Olympic history by surpassing the previous record of 9 career Olympic medals, which he shared with Uschi Disl of Germany. He then anchored Norway to gold in the Men’s 4 x 7.5km relay. This was the second time that Norway had won a title in this event, with the other being at the 2002 Winter Olympics (also anchored by Bjørndalen). With this victory he became the second most decorated Winter Olympian of all time and one of only two athletes to win 11 medals at the Winter Olympics. Only fellow Norwegian Bjørn Dæhlie has won more Olympic medals, with 12 in total.
As of March 2010, Bjørndalen has won six Olympic gold medals, four silver and a bronze, as well as fourteen World Championship gold medals, eleven silver and nine bronze (more than anybody in biathlon history). In addition, he has a record 92 World Cup victories and 159 podium finishes. He also finished in the top 3 of the Overall World Cup rankings for a record thirteen successive seasons between the 1996-97 and 2008-09 seasons. As well as being the most decorated biathlete in history, he is generally viewed as the greatest biathlete of all time.
Bjørndalen resides between the villages of Obertilliach, Austria, and Toblach, Italy, with his wife, Italian-Belgian biathlete Nathalie Santer, whom he married on 27 May 2006.