Bjørndalen, Ole Einar

Bjørndalen, Ole Einar, 1974–, Norwegian biathlete, generally regarded as the greatest champion in the history of the biathlon , a grueling combination of cross-country skiing and target-shooting. After training at a Norwegian sports school, he competed at the first of his six consecutive winter Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994 it was his only medalless games. At Nagano (1998) he won a gold and a silver at Salt Lake City (2002), four golds at Turin (2006), two silver and a bronze at Vancouver (2010), a gold and a silver and at Sochi (2014), two golds. With 13 medals, he is the most decorated winter Olympic athlete. Bjørndalen has also excelled in World Cup competition, placing first overall six times (1998, 2003, 2005–6, and 2008–9) and second five times (1999–2001, 2004, and 2007), and winning 39 medals.

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