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Mikael Löfgren

Full name: Erik Mikael Löfgren
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: September 2, 1969 in Sunne, Värmland, Sweden
Affiliations: Skidklubben Bore, Torsby (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Mikael Löfgren won one gold and two silver medals in the Junior World Championships in biathlon in 1986 and 1989 and took two Olympic bronzes in biathlon at Albertville in 1992. His career comprised four Olympic Games, from 1988 to 1998, competing in a total of 10 events. The bronze medal in the 20 km was his only top 10 placing in individual events. In the same period he participated in 6 World Championships, achieving top 10 results only with the relay team. Despite knee problems leading to an operation, in the 1991/92 season Löfgren was second in the overall World Cup, which he bettered by winning the Overall World Cup in the 1992/93 season without a first place in a single individual race. In his career he won 21 Swedish Championships, 5 each in the 20 km individual and the sprint and 11 in the relay. Löfgren ended his active career in biathlon in 1998 at only 29-years-old even though he was in great shape, because he had suffered under Wolfgang Pichler’s harsh coaching style.

Löfgren attended the Bosön National Sports Academy and Örebro Sports University. After the sudden end of his active career, he started a painting company. In 2000, he started working at the Stjerneskolan ski gymnasium in Torsby and with the Swedish National Team. He joined US Biathlon in May 2006 as the national coach and in 2008 as the first foreign coach of the Norwegian biathlon team. He resigned in 2012 and returned to work at the ski gymnasium in Torsby.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 18 Calgary Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Sweden SWE 22
1988 Winter 18 Calgary Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Sweden SWE 51
1988 Winter 18 Calgary Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 7
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Sweden SWE 20
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 11
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Men's 10 kilometres Sprint Sweden SWE 25
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Sweden SWE 20
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Sweden SWE 10

Men's 10 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M S1T S1R S2T S2R
1988 Winter 18 Calgary Biathlon Sweden Final Standings 22 27:01.0 1 0 1
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Sweden Final Standings 20 27:33.3 0 0 0
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Sweden Final Standings 25 29:31.6 1 0 1 9:06.7 =12 21:16.5 22

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S2M S3M S4M S1T S1R S2T S2R S3T S3R S4T S4R
1988 Winter 18 Calgary Biathlon Sweden Final Standings 51 1-05:12.0 7 58:12.0 38 2 2 2 1
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Sweden Final Standings 3 57:59.4 2 55:59.4 5 0 1 0 1
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Sweden Final Standings 20 1-00:00.3 2 58:00.3 37 0 2 0 0 11:31.5 17 25:20.7 39 37:11.7 28 49:14.0 20

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER ES S1ES S2ES
1988 Winter 18 Calgary Biathlon Sweden SWE Final Standings 7 21:25.0 0 0 0 43:43.3 8
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Sweden SWE Final Standings 3 20:36.3 0 0 0 1-25:38.2 3
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Sweden SWE Final Standings 11 23:58.2 0 0 0 47:52.8 12
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Sweden SWE Final Standings 10 21:01.0 0 0 0 21:01.0 13 5 3 2
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