Michael Greis

Michael Greis (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl ˈɡʁaɪ̯s] (listen); born 18 August 1976) is a former German biathlete.

Michael Greis
Michael Greis.jpg
Greis at the World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva.
Personal information
Full nameMichael Greis
Born (1976-08-18) 18 August 1976 (age 46)
Füssen, West Germany
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Professional information
ClubSK Nesselwang
World Cup debut28 February 2001
Retired5 December 2012
Olympic Games
Teams3 (2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals3 (3 gold)
World Championships
Teams9 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
Medals12 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons13 (2000/01–2012/13)
Individual victories11
All victories21
Individual podiums34
All podiums64
Overall titles1 (2006–07)
Discipline titles4:
3 Individual (2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09);
1 Sprint (2006–07)
Medal record
Men's biathlon
Representing  Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 20 km individual
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 15 km mass start
Gold medal – first place 2006 Turin 4 × 7.5 km relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Oberhof 4 × 7.5 km relay
Gold medal – first place 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start
Gold medal – first place 2008 Östersund Mixed relay
Silver medal – second place 2005 Hochfilzen 20 km individual
Silver medal – second place 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 20 km individual
Silver medal – second place 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk Mixed relay
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk Mixed relay
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Östersund 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Pyeongchang 4 × 7.5 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Pyeongchang Mixed relay
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Ruhpolding 4 × 7.5 km relay


Greis first competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, finishing 15th and 16th in the 10 km sprint and 12.5 km pursuit events in the biathlon.

Greis won the World Cup in the individual category in 2004/05, and was a member of the winning 4 × 7.5 km relay team in the 2004 Biathlon World Championships, and took silver in the individual 20 km category at the 2005 World Championships.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Greis came into the games heading the World Cup standings and took the first Olympic gold of the games with victory in the individual 20 km ahead of the defending Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen. He was also a member of the German team that won the 4 × 7.5 km relay.

On 25 February 2006 Greis won the men's 15 km event and became the first person to capture three gold medals at the Turin Olympic Games. (Koreans Jin Sun-Yu and Ahn Hyun Soo became the second and third later on the same day with victories in short track speed skating.)

Greis was named German sportsman of the year, along with fellow biathlete Kati Wilhelm, by journalists.[1]

In the 2006/07 World Cup season, Greis won the Overall and the Sprint competition.

In the 2007/08 World Cup season Greis managed onto the podium on a regular basis, attaining three victories, three 2nd places as well as three 3rds. At the season's World Champs in Östersund Greis did not participate in the sprint and in the pursuit but being anchor both in the men's Relay and the mixed Relay, helped to secure a gold and a bronze for his team.

Prior to the 2008/09 World Cup season Greis had had a serious disagreement with the Germans' head coach Frank Ullrich the reason being Ullrich's authoritative management of the team, which resulted in Greis' departure from Ullrich's jurisdiction to train on his own. This yielded him quite a solid performance throughout the year, with another two World Cup victories and the relay bronze at the Biathlon World Championships 2009 in South Korea.

Greis participated in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada which turned to be a disappointing performance for his fans as he finished in the mediocre 10th place twice, in the Individual and the Mass Start, along with coming 5th in the relay and the pursuit, adding to a streak of unsuccessful Olympic performances by the German biathlon male team when not a single German won any medal in biathlon for the first time in the Olympic history.

After the first round of the 2012–13 World Cup, Greis announced his retirement on 5 December 2012 citing a lack of motivation, making the 20 km in Östersund on 28 November his last competition as he had dropped the sprint and pursuit.[2] After retiring, Greis studied International Management at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.[3] He also worked as a pundit for Eurosport.[4] Subsequently in 2016 he was appointed as head coach at the national biathlon training centre for east Switzerland at Lenzerheide, where he coached youth biathletes.[3][4] After two years in this post, in April 2018 he was announced as head coach of the United States men's biathlon team.[3] After one season in this role, in May 2019 he was named as head coach for the Polish women's biathlon team.[5]

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[6]

Olympic GamesEdit

3 medals (3 gold)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay
  2002 Salt Lake City 15th 16th
  2006 Turin Gold 33rd 8th Gold Gold
  2010 Vancouver 10th 21st 5th 10th 5th
*Mass start was added as an event in 2006.

World ChampionshipsEdit

12 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  2002 Oslo Holmenkollen 19th
  2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 29th DNS
  2004 Oberhof 5th 9th 21st Gold
  2005 Hochfilzen Silver 6th 5th 10th 6th Bronze
  2007 Antholz-Anterselva Silver 19th 12th Gold Bronze 5th
  2008 Östersund 36th 13th Bronze Gold
  2009 Pyeongchang 19th 7th 13th DNF Bronze Bronze
  2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 7th 9th 11th 20th 7th Silver
  2012 Ruhpolding 11th 26th 23rd 22nd Bronze
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The mixed relay was added as an event in 2005.

Individual victoriesEdit

11 victories (3 In, 4 Sp, 2 Pu, 2 MS)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1 victory
(1 In)
9 February 2005   Turin 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
2 victories
(1 In, 1 MS)
11 February 2006   Turin 20 km individual Winter Olympic Games
25 February 2006   Turin 15 km mass start Winter Olympic Games
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
14 December 2006   Hochfilzen 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
11 February 2007   Antholz-Anterselva 15 km mass start Biathlon World Championships
4 victories
(2 Sp, 2 Pu)
12 January 2008   Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
13 January 2008   Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
18 January 2008   Antholz-Anterselva 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
29 February 2008   Pyeongchang 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2 victories
(1 In, 1 Sp)
3 December 2008   Östersund 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
19 March 2009   Trondheim 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Vancouver 2010 - profile
  2. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (5 December 2012). "Germany's Michael Greis Retires from Biathlon". Biathlonworld. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Kinast, Florian (30 April 2018). "Greis wird Cheftrainer der US-Biathleten" [Greis will be head coach of US biathletes]. spiegel.de (in German). Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b Becker, Thomas (12 May 2018). "Michael Greis: "I'm As Ambitious As Ever"". Internationale Fachmesse für Sportartikel und Sportmode. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ "German coach for Polish women's biathlon team". thenews.pl. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Michael Greis". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 3 June 2015.

External linksEdit

Preceded by German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by