Erik Lesser (born 17 May 1988) is a German biathlete. In 2010, he ran his first single World Cup Race. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi he won a silver medal at Men's individual.[1] At the Biathlon World Championships 2013 he won a bronze medal with the German team in Men's relay.

Erik Lesser
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Lesser in 2018
Personal information
Born (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 33)
Suhl, East Germany
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Professional information
ClubSV Eintracht Frankenhain
World Cup debut2010
Olympic Games
Teams2 (2014, 2018)
Medals3 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams7 (20132021)
Medals7 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons11 (2010/11–)
Individual victories2
All victories5
Individual podiums11
All podiums40
Overall titles0
Discipline titles0

His grandfather Axel Lesser competed in cross-country skiing for East Germany at the 1976 Winter Olympics.[2]


Erik Lesser, grandson of Axel Lesser, lives in Zella-Mehlis and trained mainly in Oberhof. His coach is Mark Kirchner, before Peter Sendel. Lesser began cross-country skiing at the age of six and took up biathlon in 1999 at the age of eleven. A graduate of the Sports Gymnasium Oberhof, he started his competitive career with the club SV Eintracht Frankenhain.

In 2008 he started in Ruhpolding at his first Junior World Championship, where he was seventh in the individual, 16th in the sprint and eighth in the pursuit. A year later he won in Canmore a bronze medal in the individual competition, finished eleventh in sprint and pursuit and took the first leg in the men's relay, where together with Simon Schempp, Benedikt Doll and Florian Graf he took a gold medal. In the summer he won at the Junior Summer World Championships in Oberhof, taking the sprint and pursuit titles on roller skis.

In his World Cup debut in Kontiolahti on 12 March 2010 Lesser finished second in the German mixed relay with Kati Wilhelm, Magdalena Neuner and Simon Schempp. In his debut in solo competition, he finished 44th in the sprint, qualifying him for the subsequent pursuit where he finished 51st. In 2011 he improved his performance and at Holmenkollen in Oslo he finished 24th in the pursuit and 40th in the sprint. At the first race of the 2013 in Östersund Lesser stood for the first time on the World Cup podium. He finished third in the individual, achieving a clear shoot.

In the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Erik Lesser won silver medals in the individual competition and with the German men's relay squad. On the final day of the Games, he also took part in the 50km cross-country freestyle race and finished 42nd among 64 starters.

In the 2015 World Championships Erik Lesser finished fifth in the sprint race. In the ensuing pursuit, he won the gold medal and thus also celebrated his first World Cup victory ever. With the season victory in the World Cup Lesser was double world champion.

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.

Olympic GamesEdit

3 medals (2 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay
  2014 Sochi Silver 21st 16th 26th Silver
  2018 Pyeongchang 9th 11th 11th 4th Bronze 4th
*The mixed relay was added as an event in 2014.

World ChampionshipsEdit

7 medals (2 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass Start Relay Mixed Relay Single mixed Relay
  2013 Nové Město na Moravě 34th 12th 14th 5th Bronze N/A
  2015 Kontiolahti 18th 5th Gold 17th Gold
  2016 Oslo 7th 19th 7th 14th Silver
  2017 Hochfilzen 4th 37th 28th 21st 4th
  2019 Östersund 11th 8th 11th 27th Silver 4th
  2020 Antholz Bronze Silver
  2021 Pokljuka 66th 7th 7th 7th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The single mixed relay was added as an event in 2019.

World Cup HighlightsEdit

2010,   Finland, Kontiolahti,   2nd in mixed relay (with Wilhelm / Neuner / Schempp)
2012,   Sweden, Östersund,   3rd in individual
2013,   Germany, Oberhof,   3rd in team relay (with Schempp / Peiffer / Graf)
2013,   Norway, Holmenkollen,   3rd in mass start
2013,   Russia, Sochi,   2nd in team relay (with Birnbacher / Peiffer / Doll)
2013,   France, Annecy,   2nd in pursuit
2013,   France, Annecy,   2nd in team relay (with Birnbacher / Peiffer / Schempp)
2014,   Germany, Ruhpolding,   2nd in team relay (with Stephan / Birnbacher / Schempp)
2014,   Italy, Antholz,   3rd in team relay (with Birnbacher / Peiffer / Schempp)
2015,   Germany, Ruhpolding,   2nd in team relay (with Birnbacher / Peiffer / Schempp)
2015,   Italy, Antholz,   2nd in team relay (with Boehm / Peiffer / Schempp)
2015,   Norway, Holmenkollen,   2nd in team relay (with Birnbacher / Peiffer / Schempp)
2016,   Germany, Ruhpolding,   1st in mass start


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Erik Lesser". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-04.
  2. ^ "Athletes – Erik Lesser". Sochi2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.

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