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Ann Elen Skjelbreid

Full name: Ann Elen Skjelbreid
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (171 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: September 13, 1971 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Affiliations: Hålandsdalen IL, Hålandsdalen (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Biathlon

Related Olympians: Sister of Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée; Wife of Egil Gjelland; Sister-in-law of Raphaël Poirée; Cousin of Liv Kjersti Eikeland.

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Ann Elen Skjelbreid started her biathlon career at age 11, and won an age-group National Championships in 1985. She later moved to Trysil to study at the top sport high school for skiing. In 1991 she was Junior World Champion in the sprint, and in 1994 she qualified for the national team and competed at the Lillehammer Olympics. At Nagano in 1998 she won a bronze medal with the Norwegian relay team, and in Salt Lake City four years later she was a member of the Norwegian team that won the silver medal. On both occasions she skied the first leg, and her younger sister Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée skied the anchor leg.

Ann Elen Skjelbreid’s only individual championship medal came in 1996, when she placed second in the sprint event at the World Championships, although she won six team and relay medals at the World Championships from 1994-98. Skjelbreid was Norwegian champion twice, in the 1995 sprint and the 2003 15 km. She also has a national title in cross-country skiing, as she skied on the gold winning relay team from Trysilgutten IL in 1995.

Skjelbreid married biathlete Egil Gjelland in the summer of 2002, and gave birth to a daughter in 2004, and she then ended her biathlon career after the 2005-06 season. Ann Elen and Egil took over the family farm from her parents in Eikelandsosen, where she worked as a teacher in the local elementary school.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Biathlon Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint Norway NOR 17
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Biathlon Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 4
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Biathlon Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint Norway NOR 37
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Biathlon Women's 15 kilometres Norway NOR 34
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Biathlon Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint Norway NOR 38
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Women's 10 kilometres Pursuit Norway NOR 39
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Women's 15 kilometres Norway NOR 22
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 2 Silver

Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M S1T S1R S2T S2R
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Biathlon Norway Final Standings 17 27:17.7 1 0 1
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Biathlon Norway Final Standings 37 25:22.8 4 1 3 8:34.1 27 18:24.2 42
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Norway Final Standings 38 23:14.2 3 2 1 7:40.1 53 17:16.2 47

Women's 10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M SB RT RR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Norway Final Standings 39 35:56.6 6 +2:33 33:23.6 39 1 8:52.0 37 1 15:33.4 37 2 23:16.1 38 2 30:31.8 39

Women's 15 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
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Biathlon Norway Final Standings 34 1-01:00.3 7 54:00.3 9 2 12:54.0 48 1 25:04.7 34 1 36:51.2 30 3 51:10.5 38
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Norway Final Standings 22 50:51.1 3 47:51.1 20 0 9:18.6 22 1 19:37.3 17 1 31:13.0 23 1 41:44.7 21

Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER ES S1ES S2ES S1T S1R S2T S2R
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 4 29:36.7 1 0 1 29:36.7 8
1998 Winter 26 Nagano Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 3 25:47.2 1 0 1 25:47.2 9 4 1 3
2002 Winter 30 Salt Lake City Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 2 22:01.0 0 0 0 22:01.0 3 3 0 3 6:44.2 5 14:34.2 5