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Eirik Kvalfoss

Full name: Eirik Kvalfoss
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: December 25, 1959 in Voss, Hordaland, Norway
Affiliations: Voss Skiskyttarlag, Voss (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Aged 19, Eirik Kvalfoss was fourth in the 10 km sprint at the 1979 World Junior Championships. Two years later he won his first World Cup victory in Anterselva, Italy. He was 1982 World Champion in the 10 km sprint in Minsk, where he placed second in the 20 km and won another silver medal in the relay. He defended his world sprint title at Anterselva in 1983. In the 1984 Sarajveo Olympics he again won the sprint, placing third at 20 km despite five penalty minutes, and he earned a silver in the relay. From 1982-91 Kvalfoss was world champion three times (his third gold came in the 1989 20 km) and had five silver medals and five bronze medals. In the Olympics however, although competing again in 1988 and 1992, he was not able to win more medals after his 1984 success.

Kvalfoss used a couple of seasons to adapt to the skating technique introduced in 1985, and five of his 12 World Cup victories came in the period 1988-91 with the new technique. He won the World Cup in the 1989/90-season, and was known for his ability to give all he had at the final stage of a race. Kvalfoss was Norwegian champion nine times. He carried the Norwegian flag at the 1992 Opening Ceremony in Albertville, but failed to qualify for the 1994 Lillehammer Games and then ended his biathlon career. Kvalfoss married in 1994, settled in Oslo and has worked in the insurance business as a marketing manager.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Norway NOR 1 Gold
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 3 Bronze
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 2 Silver
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Norway NOR 20
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 6
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 6
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Norway NOR 47
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 27
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 5

Men's 10 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Biathlon Norway Final Standings 1 30:53.8 2 1 11:23.6 5 1 23:36.7 1
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Biathlon Norway Final Standings 20 26:51.9 4 2 2
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Biathlon Norway Final Standings 47 28:38.2 2 0 2

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Biathlon Norway Final Standings 3 1-14:02.4 5 1-09:02.4 1 2 18:51.7 18 1 32:17.5 9 1 46:56.6 8 1 1-06:28.9 3
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Biathlon Norway Final Standings 6 57:54.6 3 54:54.6 =2 1 1 1 0
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Biathlon Norway Final Standings 27 1-00:52.4 2 58:52.4 31

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ES S1M S1ES S2M S2ES ET ER
1984 Winter 24 Sarajevo Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 2 23:27.6 0 2 0 0 0 2 50:23.8 3
1988 Winter 28 Calgary Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 6 21:12.1 0 0 0 1-25:57.0 6
1992 Winter 32 Albertville Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 5 22:22.8 1 0 1 1-26:32.4 5
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