Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Biathlon at the 2006 Winter Olympics consisted of ten biathlon events. They were held at the Cesana-San Sicario arena. The events began on 11 February and ended on 25 February 2006. Approximately 6,500 spectators were expected by the organizing committee. In these games, biathlon events were open to both men and women but they raced in different distances in their own events.[1]

Biathlon
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
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VenueCesana San Sicario
Dates11–25 February
No. of events10
Competitors204 from 37 nations
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Men from 28 nations and women from 27 nations qualified to participate in the events. Only seven nations in total took home medals, Germany winning the most (5 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). Six biathletes won 3 medals each: Albina Akhatova, Kati Wilhelm, Martina Glagow, Michael Greis, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, and Sven Fischer. Greis won the most gold medals, with a total of three.[2]

QualificationEdit

The top 20 countries at the International Biathlon Union Nations Cup ranking of 2004–05 are permitted to pick four biathletes for each event, and five biathletes for the whole Olympics. The top five may send a sixth biathlete as a reserve. The countries seeded 21st to 28th (27th for women) may send a maximum of one biathlete. Other countries may not send biathletes unless the top 28 countries do not fill their quota. These restrictions apply to each gender, so that the countries who appear in the top 20 in both the men's and the women's list are able to send five men and five women. All entries were to have been submitted to the organizing committee by 30 January 2006.

The following table lists the 28 nations that qualified for the men's events and the 27 nations that qualified for the women's events:

Rank Men[3] Women[4] Rank Men Women
1   Norway (NOR)   Russia (RUS) 15   Estonia (EST)   Japan (JPN)
2   Germany (GER)   Germany (GER) 16   Slovenia (SLO)   Romania (ROU)
3   Russia (RUS)   Norway (NOR) 17   United States (USA)   Finland (FIN)
4   France (FRA)   France (FRA) 18   Slovakia (SVK)   Canada (CAN)
5   Austria (AUT)   China (CHN) 19   Canada (CAN)   Moldova (MDA)
6   Belarus (BLR)   Belarus (BLR) 20   Japan (JPN)   Latvia (LAT)
7   Sweden (SWE)   Slovenia (SLO) 21   Great Britain (GBR)   Sweden (SWE)
8   Ukraine (UKR)   Czech Republic (CZE) 22   China (CHN)   Kazakhstan (KAZ)
9   Czech Republic (CZE)   Bulgaria (BUL) 23   Kazakhstan (KAZ)   Lithuania (LTU)
10   Poland (POL)   Italy (ITA) 24   Bulgaria (BUL)   Estonia (EST)
11   Italy (ITA)   Slovakia (SVK) 25   Lithuania (LTU)   Great Britain (GBR)
12   Switzerland (SUI)   Ukraine (UKR) 26   Australia (AUS)   Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)
13   Latvia (LAT)   Poland (POL) 27   Romania (ROU)   Austria (AUT)
14   Finland (FIN)   United States (USA) 28   Hungary (HUN)

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

Of the thirty-seven competing nations, seven of them took home all the medals. With over double the medals of any other nation, Germany ranked number one.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Germany (GER)54211
2  Russia (RUS)2125
3  France (FRA)2024
4  Sweden (SWE)1102
5  Norway (NOR)0336
6  Poland (POL)0101
7  Ukraine (UKR)0011
Totals (7 nations)10101030

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Michael Greis
  Germany
54:23.0 Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
54:39.0 Halvard Hanevold
  Norway
55:31.9
Sprint
details
Sven Fischer
  Germany
26:11.6 Halvard Hanevold
  Norway
26:19.8 Frode Andresen
  Norway
26:31.3
Pursuit
details
Vincent Defrasne
  France
35:20.2 Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
35:22.9 Sven Fischer
  Germany
35:35.8
Mass start
details
Michael Greis
  Germany
47:20.0 Tomasz Sikora
  Poland
47:26.3 Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
47:32.9
Relay
details
  Germany (GER)
Ricco Groß
Michael Rösch
Sven Fischer
Michael Greis
1:21:51.5   Russia (RUS)
Ivan Tcherezov
Sergei Tchepikov
Pavel Rostovtsev
Nikolay Kruglov, Jr.
1:22:12.4   France (FRA)
Julien Robert
Vincent Defrasne
Ferréol Cannard
Raphaël Poirée
1:22:35.1

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Svetlana Ishmouratova
  Russia
49:24.1 Martina Glagow
  Germany
50:34.9 Albina Akhatova
  Russia
50:55.0
Sprint
details
Florence Baverel-Robert
  France
22:31.4 Anna Carin Olofsson
  Sweden
22:33.8 Lilia Efremova
  Ukraine
22:38.0
Pursuit
details
Kati Wilhelm
  Germany
36:43.6 Martina Glagow
  Germany
37:57.2 Albina Akhatova
  Russia
38:05.0
Mass start
details
Anna Carin Olofsson
  Sweden
40:36.5 Kati Wilhelm
  Germany
40:55.3 Uschi Disl
  Germany
41:18.4
Relay
details
  Russia (RUS)
Anna Bogaliy-Titovets
Svetlana Ishmouratova
Olga Zaitseva
Albina Akhatova
1:16:12.5   Germany (GER)
Martina Glagow
Andrea Henkel
Katrin Apel
Kati Wilhelm
1:17:03.2   France (FRA)
Delphyne Peretto
Florence Baverel-Robert
Sylvie Becaert
Sandrine Bailly
1:18:38.7

Participating nationsEdit

Thirty-seven nations contributed biathletes to compete in the events. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Torino 2006 Official Report - Biathlon" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-12. Retrieved September 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "Biathlon at the 2006 Torino Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ Men's Nation Cup Score Final Result after 14 competitions Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 19 January 2006
  4. ^ Women's Nation Cup Score Final Result after 14 competitions Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, from biathlonworld.com, retrieved 19 January 2006