Andreas Birnbacher

Andreas Birnbacher (born 11 September 1981) is a former German biathlete. His biggest successes were the silver medal in the mass start event at the 2007 World Championships and the gold medal in the mixed relay at the 2008 World Championships. He also won the bronze medal at the 2012 world championships in Ruhpolding when he was part of the German teams that finished third in the mixed relay and the men's relay.

Andreas Birnbacher
Andreas Birnbacher - 21-01-2010.jpg
Birnbacher in Antholz-Anterselva in 2010.
Personal information
Full nameAndreas Birnbacher
Born (1981-09-11) 11 September 1981 (age 40)
Prien am Chiemsee, West Germany
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
ClubSC Schleching
World Cup debut18 January 2001
Retired10 March 2016
Olympic Games
Teams2 (2010, 2014)
World Championships
Teams9 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
Medals6 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons16 (2000/01–2015/16)
Individual victories6
All victories7
Individual podiums16
All podiums36
Discipline titles1:
1 Mass start (2011–12)
Medal record
Men's biathlon
Representing  Germany
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Östersund Mixed relay
Silver medal – second place 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Östersund 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Ruhpolding 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Ruhpolding Mixed relay
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Nové Město 4 × 7.5 km relay
Junior World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Hochfilzen 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold medal – first place 2001 Khanty-Mansiysk 10 km sprint
Gold medal – first place 2001 Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2001 Khanty-Mansiysk 4 × 7.5 km relay
Silver medal – second place 2000 Hochfilzen 15 km individual
Silver medal – second place 2000 Hochfilzen 10 km sprint
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit

Life and careerEdit

2011–2012 world cup seasonEdit

Birnbacher's most successful biathlon world cup season was the 2011–2012 season. He had just come off the back of a strong end to the 2010/2011 season after taking his maiden win in the Oslo sprint. In the opening world cup race at Oestersund, he finished 28th in the individual competition but placed 6th in the sprint and pursuit. Birnbacher's first win of the year came in the Hochfilzen (2) pursuit when he came through from 26th to win, hitting the perfect 20/20 score and denying Ole Einar Bjørndalen in a sprint finish. For Birnbacher, this win was the last race before the Christmas break.

Returning from the break, Birnbacher looked extremely strong in Oberhof.[citation needed] After a poor 24th in the sprint, he ran away with the mass start, hitting all 20 targets and finishing 24.3 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. This victory completed a rout of the top step of the podium for Germany after Magdalena Neuner won both women's races and Arnd Peiffer won the men's sprint.

Birnbacher's strongest weekend of the season was Antholz-Anterselva. After finishing 4th in the sprint, he took win number 3 in the mass start with a penalty lap on shoot 3 proving to be a mere bump on the road to victory as he beat Anton Shipulin and Martin Fourcade by 0.1 and 0.3 seconds respectively. At that point in the season, Birnbacher sat 52 points off Fourcade and 27 pts behind Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway.

World cup 7 took Birnbacher back to the site of his maiden win at the end of last year: Oslo Hollmenkollen. After reasonable[clarification needed] sprint and pursuit performances Birnbacher, finished second in the mass start cleaning all 20 targets but not having the skiing speed of race winner Svendsen. Then any hopes of Birnbacher taking the overall crystal globe ended when the German coaches decided to rest him for Kontiolathi Finland so he could be prepared for the upcoming world championships.

The world championships were a mixed bag for Birnbacher. He won two bronze medals and finished 4th in the individual and mass start events. In the mixed relay, Birnbacher teamed up with Andrea Henkel, Magdalena Neuner and Arnd Peiffer; at the time the four of them combined had won 14 races. Birnbacher looked to have given Germany the win as he made no mistakes on the shooting range and the net result was a 1-minute advantage for Germany. Then Peiffer had a penalty loop on the standing shoot and Germany finished 3rd. His other medal came in the men's relay once again he teamed up with Peiffer but also with Simon Schempp and the returning Michael Greis. Birnbacher needed 2 spare rounds for the standing shoot but his strong skiing kept Germany in the running for Medals. The two bronze medals meant that for the first time in his career Birnbacher had picked up more than one medal from the world championships.

In the last race of the season, a 4th-place finish in the mass start meant Birnbacher clinched the mass start crystal globe thus picking up the German men's first Crystal globe since Michael Greis won the overall and sprint crystal globes in 2007. Birnbacher finished the year third overall on 837 points.


Birnbacher announced his retirement on 8 March 2016 during the World Championships in Oslo. His last race was the 20 km individual on 10 March.[1]

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[1]

Olympic GamesEdit

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  2010 Vancouver 12th 23rd 13th 15th 5th N/A
  2014 Sochi 22nd
*The mixed relay was added as an event in 2014.
Andreas Birnbacher interviewed.

World ChampionshipsEdit

6 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  2004 Oberhof 14th N/A
  2005 Hochfilzen 56th DNS
  2006 Pokljuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 4th
  2007 Antholz-Anterselva 19th 17th 13th Silver
  2008 Östersund 8th 21st 16th Bronze Gold
  2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 8th 6th 5th 16th 7th
  2012 Ruhpolding 4th 16th 12th 4th Bronze Bronze
  2013 Nové Město 8th 23rd 22nd 11th Bronze 13th
  2016 Oslo Holmenkollen 9th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The mixed relay was added as an event in 2005.

World CupEdit

Season Overall Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start
Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position Points Position
2000–01 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A 0 N/A
2001–02 42 54th 0 N/A 24 46th 18 51st 0 N/A
2002–03 70 46th 9 46th 27 47th 34 37th 0 N/A
2003–04 172 29th 44 16th 38 43rd 72 26th 18 34th
2004–05 169 30th 34 25th 55 34th 64 26th 16 35th
2005–06 371 17th 34 21st 133 18th 122 13th 90 18th
2006–07 514 13th 58 15th 181 12th 144 16th 131 8th
2007–08 481 10th 28 31st 194 6th 166 8th 90 15th
2008–09 314 27th 27 50th 142 24th 82 27th 63 29th
2009–10 479 15th 58 24th 170 16th 112 15th 123 15th
2010–11 549 14th 93 10th 219 9th 142 13th 95 19th
2011–12 837 3rd 90 8th 248 8th 239 6th 260 1st
2012–13 691 5th 104 2nd 243 6th 181 10th 163 4th
2013–14 171 41st 3 56th 29 56th 96 33rd 43 26th
2014–15 406 24th 36 28th 161 23rd 130 21st 79 23rd
2015–16 421 19th 87 6th 85 38th 164 16th 85 22nd

Individual victoriesEdit

6 victories (2 Sp, 1 Pu, 3 MS)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1 victory
(1 Sp)
17 March 2011   Oslo Holmenkollen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
3 victories
(1 Pu, 2 MS)
17 December 2011   Hochfilzen 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
8 January 2012   Oberhof 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
21 January 2012   Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
7 December 2012   Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
16 December 2012   Pokljuka 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.


  1. ^ a b "Andreas Birnbacher". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.

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