Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Complex, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 19, 2014
Date Finished: February 19, 2014
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
This was the début of biathlon mixed relay at the Olympics and the favorites were the Norwegians, who did not disappoint as they won the gold medal. Norway had won the event at the past three World Championships, and their four team members, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Emil Hegle Svendsen, Tora Berger, and Tiril Eckhoff had already won individual biathlon medals in Sochi. With the team’s victory, Bjørndalen collected his 13th Olympic medal, setting a new Winter Olympic record for the most medals ever won, surpassing his former teammate, cross-country skiier Bjørn Dæhlie. Norway was almost perfect in its shooting, as only Berger, on the opening leg, missed any shots, and with her extra shots, she cleaned up those misses. Eckhoff dropped back to second on her leg, as the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Soukalová put her team ahead, but Bjørndalen gave Norway a lead they never relinquished, as he handed Svendsen a 43.1 second margin for his anchor leg, which became an effective victory lap. The Czech Republic held on for second with Italy taking a surprising bronze medal.
Germany, who originally placed fifth, were disqualified after Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle failed a drugs test.