Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Biathlon at the 2002 Winter Olympics consisted of eight biathlon events. They were held at Soldier Hollow. The events began on 11 February and ended on 20 February 2002.[1] For the first time since 1992, the biathlon program expanded. A new race type, the pursuit was added, the first new race type since the debut of the sprint in 1980.[2]

Biathlon
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Andrea Nahrgang 2002 Olympics.jpg
Andrea Nahrgang competing at Soldier Hollow at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
VenueSoldier Hollow
Dates9–20 February
No. of events8
Competitors190 from 34 nations
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Frode Andresen competing at Soldier Hollow at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Jeremy Teela competing at Soldier Hollow at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Medal summaryEdit

Seven nations won medals in biathlon, with Germany winning the most (3 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze), while Norway led the medal table with 4 gold medals. These four all involved Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who won each of the three men's individual events, as well as participating in the gold-medal winning relay team. Kati Wilhelm was the most successful athlete in the women's competition, taking two golds and a silver.

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Norway (NOR)4206
2  Germany (GER)3519
3  Russia (RUS)1023
4  France (FRA)0112
5  Sweden (SWE)0022
6  Austria (AUT)0011
  Bulgaria (BUL)0011
Totals (7 nations)88824

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
51:03.3 Frank Luck
  Germany
51:39.4 Viktor Maigourov
  Russia
51:40.6
Sprint
details
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
24:51.3 Sven Fischer
  Germany
25:20.2 Wolfgang Perner
  Austria
25:44.4
Pursuit
details
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
32:34.6 Raphaël Poirée
  France
33:17.6 Ricco Groß
  Germany
33:30.6
Relay
details
  Norway (NOR)
Halvard Hanevold
Frode Andresen
Egil Gjelland
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
1:23:42.3   Germany (GER)
Ricco Groß
Peter Sendel
Sven Fischer
Frank Luck
1:24:27.6   France (FRA)
Gilles Marguet
Vincent Defrasne
Julien Robert
Raphaël Poirée
1:24:36.6

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Andrea Henkel
  Germany
47:29.1 Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée
  Norway
47:37.0 Magdalena Forsberg
  Sweden
48:08.3
Sprint
details
Kati Wilhelm
  Germany
20:41.4 Uschi Disl
  Germany
20:57.0 Magdalena Forsberg
  Sweden
21:20.4
Pursuit
details
Olga Pyleva
  Russia
31:07.7 Kati Wilhelm
  Germany
31:13.0 Irina Nikulchina
  Bulgaria
31:15.8
Relay
details
  Germany (GER)
Katrin Apel
Uschi Disl
Andrea Henkel
Kati Wilhelm
1:27:55.0   Norway (NOR)
Ann-Elen Skjelbreid
Linda Tjørhom
Gunn Margit Andreassen
Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée
1:28:25.6   Russia (RUS)
Olga Pyleva
Galina Kukleva
Svetlana Ishmouratova
Albina Akhatova
1:29:19.7

Participating nationsEdit

Thirty-four nations sent biathletes to compete in the events. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors. Chile and Croatia made their Olympic debuts in the sport, with one athlete each.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Salt Lake City 2002 Official Report - Volume 1" (PDF). Salt Lake Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 6, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Biathlon at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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