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Biathlon at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games

2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games


Host City: Sochi, Russia
Date Started: February 8, 2014
Date Finished: February 8, 2014
Events: 11

Participants: 204 (105 men and 99 women) from 35 countries
Youngest Participant: CHN Sung Na (18 years, 164 days)
Oldest Participant: NOR Ole Einar Bjørndalen (40 years, 27 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 5 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): NOR Norway (6 medals)


The program for the biathlon events was nearly the same than as at Vancouver in 2010, with only the mixed relay (2×6.0 km for women and 2×7.5 km for men) added to the Olympic Program.

Norway, usually a biathlon power, had mixed results in Sochi. Their star [Ole Einar Bjørndalen] won his first event, the 10 kilometres sprint, and was a gold medallist in the new mixed relay event, taking his overall tally to 13 Olympic medals, the most successful Winter Olympian ever, overtaking [Bjørn Dæhlie]. However [Emil Hegle Svendsen] was Norway's only other winner, and despite winning three events and gaining six medals in total, some thought the nation had under-performed, particularly [Tora Berger] in the women's events.

[Darya Domracheva] from Belarus was the female star, winning three of the individual events, with [Martin Fourcade] winning two of the men's individual events. There was a family double when [Anastasia Kuzmina] won the women's 10 kilometre sprint for Slovakia and was joined by her brother [Anton Shipulin], who won gold as part of the Russian biathlon relay. In all 12 nations won medals in the sport. German [Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle] was one of the few doping positives in Sochi and was sent home immediately, as the German team also had a difficult Olympics in biathlon.