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Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The eleven events took place between 8–22 February 2014.[1]

Biathlon
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Biathlon, Sochi 2014.png
VenueLaura Biathlon & Ski Complex, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Dates8–22 February 2014
No. of events11
Competitors220 Quota limit
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For the first time ever, a mixed relay event was staged after being voted onto the Olympic program in 2011.[2]

Competition scheduleEdit

The following is the competition schedule for all eleven events.[3]

All times are (UTC+4).

Date Time Event
8 February 18:30 Men's 10 km sprint
9 February 18:30 Women's 7.5 km sprint
10 February 19:00 Men's 12.5 km pursuit
11 February 19:00 Women's 10 km pursuit
13 February 18:00 Men's 20 km individual
14 February 18:00 Women's 15 km individual
17 February 19:00 Women's 12.5 km mass start
18 February 14:30 Men's 15 km mass start
19 February 18:30 Mixed 4 x 6 km / 7.5 km relay
21 February 18:30 Women's 4 x 6 km relay
22 February 18:30 Men's 4 x 7.5 km relay

Medal summaryEdit

Notably absent from the medals for biathlon in the 2014 Games were the German women who had won six medals in 2006 and five in 2010. The men's team meanwhile recovered from a poor Games in Vancouver to achieve two silver medals. France's women, who had won three medals in 2010, also missed the podium, as did Canada, despite some promising performances. Sweden's men were also expected to win a medal but they too missed out.

13 athletes went home with two or more medals with five athletes winning three medals each. Belarus's Darya Domracheva won three gold medals to be the most successful biathlete at the Games, while France's Martin Fourcade was the most successful male winning two gold and one silver medal. 2012/13 women's World Cup winner Tora Berger won a medal of each color, while team-mate Tiril Eckhoff won one gold and two bronze at her first Games. Czech athlete Ondřej Moravec won two silver and one bronze.

The biathlon portion was marred by German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle's positive doping test. Sachenbacher-Stehle had finished fourth in both the mass start and the mixed relay but was disqualified from both events after testing positive for the banned substance methylhexanamine.

On November 27, 2017 Olga Vilukhina and Yana Romanova (both from Russia) were disqualified for doping violations.[4]

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Norway (NOR)3126
2  Belarus (BLR)3014
3  France (FRA)2114
4  Russia (RUS)1012
  Ukraine (UKR)1012
6  Slovakia (SVK)1001
7  Czech Republic (CZE)0325
8  Germany (GER)0202
9  Austria (AUT)0112
10  Switzerland (SUI)0101
11  Italy (ITA)0011
  Slovenia (SLO)0011
Totals (12 nations)1191131

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Martin Fourcade
  France
49:31.7 Erik Lesser
  Germany
49:43.9 Evgeniy Garanichev
  Russia
50:06.2
Sprint
details
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  Norway
24:33.5 Dominik Landertinger
  Austria
24:34.8 Jaroslav Soukup
  Czech Republic
24:39.2
Pursuit
details
Martin Fourcade
  France
33:48.6 Ondřej Moravec
  Czech Republic
34:02.7 Jean-Guillaume Béatrix
  France
34:12.8
Mass start
details
Emil Hegle Svendsen
  Norway
42:29.1 Martin Fourcade
  France
42:29.1 Ondřej Moravec
  Czech Republic
42:42.9
Relay
details
  Russia (RUS)
Alexey Volkov
Evgeny Ustyugov
Dmitry Malyshko
Anton Shipulin
1:12:15.9   Germany (GER)
Erik Lesser
Daniel Böhm
Arnd Peiffer
Simon Schempp
1:12:19.4   Austria (AUT)
Christoph Sumann
Daniel Mesotitsch
Simon Eder
Dominik Landertinger
1:12:45.7

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
details
Darya Domracheva
  Belarus
43:19.6 Selina Gasparin
  Switzerland
44:35.3 Nadezhda Skardino
  Belarus
44:57.8
Sprint
details
Anastasiya Kuzmina
  Slovakia
21:06.8 Vacant Vita Semerenko
  Ukraine
21:28.5
Pursuit
details
Darya Domracheva
  Belarus
29:30.7 Tora Berger
  Norway
30:08.3 Teja Gregorin
  Slovenia
30:12.7
Mass start
details
Darya Domracheva
  Belarus
35:25.6 Gabriela Soukalová
  Czech Republic
35:45.8 Tiril Eckhoff
  Norway
35:52.9
Relay
details
  Ukraine (UKR)
Vita Semerenko
Juliya Dzhyma
Valentyna Semerenko
Olena Pidhrushna
1:10:02.5 Vacant   Norway (NOR)
Fanny Welle-Strand Horn
Tiril Eckhoff
Ann Kristin Aafeldt Flatland
Tora Berger
1:10:40.1

Mixed eventEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Relay
details
  Norway (NOR)
Tora Berger
Tiril Eckhoff
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Emil Hegle Svendsen
1:09:17.0   Czech Republic (CZE)
Veronika Vítková
Gabriela Soukalová
Jaroslav Soukup
Ondřej Moravec
1:09:49.6   Italy (ITA)
Dorothea Wierer
Karin Oberhofer
Dominik Windisch
Lukas Hofer
1:10:15.2

QualificationEdit

A total quota of 220 athletes were allowed to compete at the Games (113 men and 107 women). Countries were assigned quotas using a combination of the Nation Cup scores of their top 3 athletes in the individual sprint and relay competitions at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center". SOOC. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  2. ^ "New events for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Biathlon Schedule and Results". SOOC. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions five Russian athletes and publishes first full decision as part of the Oswald Commission findings". International Olympic Committee. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  5. ^ "Qualification Systems for XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014" (PDF). International Biathlon Union. December 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2012.

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