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Gabriela Koukalová,[1] née Soukalová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɡabrɪjɛla ˈkou̯kalovaː/ˈsou̯kalovaː], born 1 November 1989, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech biathlete.[2] She won two Olympic silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Games and she is a two-time World Championship winner, gold medalist at the 2015 Kontiolahti in mixed relay and gold medalist at 2017 Hochfilzen in 7.5 km sprint.[3] In the 2015/2016 World Cup season she was overall champion, and she has also taken six discipline Crystal Globes: the 2013/2014 individual title, the 2015/2016 sprint, pursuit and mass-start titles, and the 2016/17 sprint and mass start titles.

Gabriela Koukalová
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Gabriela Koukalová (2010)
Personal information
Full name Gabriela Koukalová
Born (1989-11-01) 1 November 1989 (age 28)
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Website gabrielasoukalova.com
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Club SG Jablonec nad Nisou
Skis Fischer
World Cup debut 11 December 2009
Olympic Games
Teams 2 (2010, 2014)
Medals 2 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 5 (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Medals 6 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 6 (2009/10–)
Individual victories 17
All victories 23
Individual podiums 39
All podiums 56
Overall titles 1 (2015–16)
Discipline titles 6:
1 individual (2013–14)
2 sprint (2015–16, 2016–17)
1 pursuit (2015–16)
2 mass start (2015–16, 2016–17)

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CareerEdit

Koukalová began her biathlon career in 2005. In 2007 Koukalová became a member of the national team, and in 2008 she took part in the Biathlon Junior World Championship. Her first experience at the international level was not very good: Koukalová's shooting accuracy and ski speed were at that time not as strong as many of her peers, and her best result at the 2008 Junior Worlds was a 22nd place. Nevertheless, her coaches gave her a chance to take part in further international competitions, including the IBU Cup in the 2008/09 season. Her performances improved: Koukalová, despite some difficulties in shooting, became better than Olga Vilukhina and helped the Czech women's relay team to win a gold at the 2009 Junior World Championships.

Koukalová made her debut on the Biathlon World Cup in December 2009. Her coaches subsequently made the decision to move her back down to the IBU Cup, but her period at that level was relatively brief after she regularly took good results and won a silver medal in the sprint at the 2011 European Championships. She was selected to represent the Czech Republic in the World Cup and at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[4]

Her first significant success was in December 2011: in a World Cup mixed relay in Austria she helped to secure the Czech team second place. During the 2012–13 season she took four wins in the Biathlon World Cup.[5] She added three more wins in the 2013–14 World Cup season.[6] At the 2014 Winter Olympics, she finished fourth in both the 10 km pursuit and 15 km individual before winning silver medals in both the 12.5 km mass start and mixed relay (together with Veronika Vítková, Jaroslav Soukup and Ondřej Moravec).[7]

At the World Championships 2015 in Kontiolahti Koukalová took her first world championship title in the mixed relay as a member of the successful Czech team. In the sprint race she took 18th place with three penalties, but in the pursuit she was able to climb to fifth place. In the individual race Soukalova won a silver medal, which became her second medal at these World Championships. At the final World Cup meeting of the season in Khanty-Mansiysk Soukalova managed to win a silver medal in the mass start. In the final overall World Cup rankings for 2014/15, she finished in sixth place with 752 points.

In the 2015/2016 season Koukalová put in strong performances: at the fifth round of the World Cup on 4 January 2016, even two missed targets did not prevent her from making the podium. Gabriela showed good consistency, finishing no lower than 11th place during the season, and continued to lead the World Cup standings. In the 12.5 km mass start on 16 January 2016 she won and got her tenth victory in the Biathlon World Cup. She also helped to win a silver for the team in the 4x6 km relay on 24 January 2016, and took a third place in the mass start in Canada on 6 February 2016. In the USA at Presque Isle on 11 February 2016 in sprint she got the best result showing a perfect accuracy and an excellent performance. The following days brought two gold medals in the 10 km pursuit and 4x6 km relay. Despite some poorer results in Norway, Koukalová took a better result in the sprint in Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia on 17 March 2016 clinching her the small Crystal Globe in the sprint with a total of 413 points. On the next day in the pursuit she got a fourth place, but with very good level both in speed and shooting. She also took a second small Crystal Globe in the mass start with 241 points. She led the standings in the 2015/2016 World Cup from start to finish, and won the overall Crystal Globe on 20 March 2016 with a final score of 1074 points.

The 2016/2017 season started in Östersund, Sweden on 27 November 2016, where she and her teammates took 7th place in the mixed relay. The 15 km race on 30 November 2016 brought a 17th place, but later on, on 3 December 2016, she took third place in the 7.5 km sprint, and the next day she showed even better results - winning the pursuit, showing an excellent performance both in skiing and shooting. The next medal (first place) was taken in a mass start race on December 18th, 2016.

On 21 December 2017 she became the first biathlete to be named Czech Sportsperson of the Year.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

She is the daughter of Gabriela Svobodová, a former cross-country skier, who won an Olympic silver medal in the 4 x 5 km relay at Sarajevo in 1984.[9] Later, her mother helps as a personal trainer.

Koukalová is in a relationship with a Czech professional badminton player Petr Koukal.[10] They married on 13 May 2016, in the historic unfinished church in Panenský Týnec.[11]

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[12]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 3 medals (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay[a]
  2010 Vancouver 60th 16th N/A
  2014 Sochi 4th 29th 4th Silver Bronze Silver
  2018 Pyeongchang injured: did not compete
a. 1 The mixed relay was added as an event in 2014.

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 6 medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  2010 Khanty-Mansiysk[a] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 7th
  2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 47th 25th 22nd 11th 11th
  2013 Nové Město 12th 14th 20th 18th 10th Bronze
  2015 Kontiolahti Silver 18th 5th 5th 8th Gold
  2016 Oslo 5th 4th 11th 4th 6th 6th
  2017 Hochfilzen Silver Gold Bronze 4th 4th 7th
a. 1 During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.

World CupEdit

Season Overall Sprint Pursuit Individual Mass start
Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position Races Points Position
2012/13 24/26 800 6th 9/10 313 6th 7/8 227 8th 3/3 94 7th 5/5 166 7th
2013/14 18/22 613 4th 8/9 238 5th 6/8 203 10th 2/2 120 1st 2/3 52 23rd
2014/15 25/25 752 6th 10/10 281 9th 7/7 195 7th 3/3 86 6th 5/5 200 4th
2015/16 25/25 1074 1st 9/9 413 1st 8/8 354 1st 3/3 128 3rd 5/5 241 1st
2016/17 26/26 1089 2nd 9/9 377 1st 9/9 384 2nd 3/3 95 4th 5/5 265 1st
2017/18 injured: did not compete

Individual victoriesEdit

  • 17 victories – (7 SP, 4 PU, 2 IN, 4 MS)
No. Season Date Location Discipline Level
1  2012/13  14 December 2012   Pokljuka, Slovenia 7.5 km sprint World Cup
2 14 March 2013   Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 7.5 km sprint World Cup
3 16 March 2013   Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 10 km pursuit World Cup
4 17 March 2013   Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 12.5 km mass start World Cup
5 2013/14 28 November 2013   Östersund, Sweden 15 km individual World Cup
6 10 January 2014   Ruhpolding, Germany 15 km individual World Cup
7 12 January 2014   Ruhpolding, Germany 10 km pursuit World Cup
8 2014/15 18 December 2014   Pokljuka, Slovenia 7.5 km sprint World Cup
9 2015/16 2 December 2015   Östersund, Sweden 7.5 km sprint World Cup
10 16 January 2016   Ruhpolding, Germany 12.5 km mass start World Cup
11 11 February 2016   Presque Isle, USA 7.5 km sprint World Cup
12 12 February 2016   Presque Isle, USA 10 km pursuit World Cup
13 2016/17 4 December 2016   Östersund, Sweden 10 km pursuit World Cup
14 18 December 2016   Nové Město, Czech Republic 12.5 km mass start World Cup
15 6 January 2017   Oberhof, Germany 7.5 km sprint World Cup
16 8 January 2017   Oberhof, Germany 12.5 km mass start World Cup
17 10 February 2017   Hochfilzen, Austria 7.5 km sprint World Championships

Relay victoriesEdit

  • 6 victories – (4 RL, 2 MR)
No. Season Date Location Discipline Level Teammates
1  2012/13  25 November 2012   Pokljuka, Slovenia Mixed 2x6+2x7.5 km relay World Cup Vítková / Vítek / Moravec
2 2014/15 7 January 2015   Oberhof, Germany 4x6 km relay World Cup Puskarčíková / Landová / Vítková
3 14 January 2015   Ruhpolding, Germany 4x6 km relay World Cup Puskarčíková / Landová / Vítková
4 15 February 2015   Holmenkollen, Norway 4x6 km Relay World Cup Puskarčíková / Landová / Vítková
5 5 March 2015   Kontiolahti, Finland Mixed 2x6+2x7.5 km relay World Championships Vítková / Šlesingr / Moravec
6 2015/16 14 February 2016   Presque Isle, USA 4x6 km relay World Cup Puskarčíková / Charvátová / Vítková

Overall recordEdit

Result Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed
relay
Total
Individual events Team events All events
1st place 2 7 4 4 4 2 17 6 23
2nd place 2 3 5 4 2 3 14 5 19
3rd place 1 2 2 3 3 3 8 6 14
Podiums 5 12 11 11 9 8 39 17 56
Top 10 11 27 24 18 23 13 80 36 116
Points 14 46 40 23 27 15 123 42 165
Others 4 7 2 13 13
DNF
DSQ 1 1 1
Starts 18 54 42 23 27 15 137 42 179
* Results in all UIPMB and IBU World Cup races, Olympics and World Championships. Statistics as of 19 March 2017.[12]

ShootingEdit

Shooting 2009–10 season[13] 2010–11 season[14] 2011–12 season[15] 2012–13 season[16] 2013–14 season[17] 2014–15 season[18] 2015–16 season[19] 2016–17 season[12] 2017–18 season[12] Career
Prone position 44 / 56 78.6% 43 / 54 79.6% 36 / 46 78.3% 198 / 228 86.8% 185 / 210 88.1% 220 / 244 90.2% 229 / 241 95.0% 237 / 260 91.2% 1192 / 1339 88.9%
Standing position 48 / 57 84.2% 35 / 54 64.8% 38 / 48 79.2% 194 / 232 83.6% 177 / 212 83.5% 210 / 250 84.0% 220 / 247 89.1% 225 / 265 84.9% 1147 / 1365 84.0%
Total 92 / 113 81.4% 78 / 108 72.2% 74 / 94 78.7% 392 / 460 85.2% 362 / 422 85.8% 430 / 494 87.0% 449 / 488 92.0% 462 / 525 88.0% 2339 / 2704 86.5%
* Results in all IBU World Cup races, Olympics and World Championships including relay events and disqualified races. Statistics as of 20 March 2018.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gabriela Soukalova, Marries Petr Koukal". Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Gabriela Soukalová – Player Profile – Biathlon – Eurosport Australia". Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ Bardsley, Daniel (8 February 2014). "Silver makes it a family affair". praguepost.com. Archived from the original on 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ "Gabriela Soukalová Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Soukalova Surprises Sprint Field". biathlonworld.com. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  6. ^ "Soukalova Sweeps with Mass Start Win". biathlonworld.com. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  7. ^ Kučerová, Martina (19 February 2014). "Medailové žně nekončí. Biatlonisté berou stříbro ze smíšené štafety". lidovky.cz. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  8. ^ Beránek, Jaroslav (21 December 2017). "Českému sportu poprvé kraluje biatlon. Sportovkyní roku je Koukalová". idnes.cz. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  9. ^ Kucerova, Martina (7 January 2011). "IBU Cup Opens in Nove Mesto" (Press release). International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  10. ^ "Soukalová bude Koukalová? Biatlonistka randí s badmintonistou". nova.cz. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  11. ^ "Sportovní svatba roku: Koukal a Soukalová se tajně vzali" (in Czech). iDNES.cz. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  12. ^ a b c d e International Biathlon Union. Gabriela Soukalova. IBU Datacenter. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  13. ^ 2009-10 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.
  14. ^ 2010-11 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.
  15. ^ 2011-12 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.
  16. ^ 2012-13 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.
  17. ^ 2013-14 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.
  18. ^ 2014-15 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.
  19. ^ 2015-16 Season World Cup Shooting Percentages. realbiathlon.com. Accessed 17 March 2016.

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