Tomasz Sikora

Tomasz Sikora (born 21 December 1973) is a former Polish biathlete.

Tomasz Sikora
Tomasz Sikora by Slawek.jpg
Personal information
Full nameTomasz Wacław Sikora
Born (1973-12-21) 21 December 1973 (age 46)
Wodzisław Śląski, Poland
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Professional information
SportBiathlon
ClubAZS AWF Katowice
SkisFischer
World Cup debut4 March 1993
Olympic Games
Teams5 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams16 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons20 (1992/93–2011/12)
Individual victories5
All victories5
Individual podiums23
All podiums24
Discipline titles1:
1 Sprint (2005–06)

Life and careerEdit

Sikora was born in Wodzisław Śląski. In 1993, he finished second in 10 km sprint at the Junior World Championships in Ruhpolding. He was world champion in 1995 (20 km), runner-up in the world championships in 2004 (also 20 km) and bronze medalist in 1997 (team competition). On 25 February 2006 he was placed second in the 15 km mass start at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, winning the second and final medal for Poland in those Olympics.

On 23 March 2006 Sikora won the IBU World Cup sprint title, beating Ole Einar Bjørndalen by 5 points. On January 10, 2009, he took the lead in the overall world cup classification, which he lost 42 days later. At last he was 2nd in overall IBU World Cup 2009 and 2nd in IBU World Cup 2009 sprint. He was chosen the best biathlete 2009, in voting of national team coaches. In 2010 he won the fans' award.[citation needed]

Sikora retired after the 2011–12 season.[1]

Biathlon resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.[2]

Olympic GamesEdit

1 medal (1 silver)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay
  1994 Lillehammer 32nd N/A N/A 8th
  1998 Nagano 47th 28th N/A N/A 5th
  2002 Salt Lake City 46th 31st 25th N/A 9th
  2006 Turin 21st 19th 18th Silver 13th
  2010 Vancouver 7th 29th 18th 11th
*Pursuit was added as an event in 2002, with mass start being added in 2006.

World ChampionshipsEdit

3 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
  1995 Antholz-Anterselva Gold 29th N/A N/A 18th 7th N/A
  1996 Ruhpolding 6th 15th N/A N/A 9th 7th N/A
  1997 Brezno-Osrblie 28th 17th 21st N/A Bronze 6th N/A
  1998 Pokljuka N/A N/A 14th N/A 5th N/A N/A
  1999 Kontiolahti 14th 59th N/A 14th N/A
  2000 Oslo Holmenkollen 32nd 21st 47th 18th N/A 11th N/A
  2001 Pokljuka 18th 15th 16th 20th N/A 6th N/A
  2002 Oslo Holmenkollen N/A N/A N/A 25th N/A N/A N/A
  2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 9th 11th 7th 14th N/A N/A
  2004 Oberhof Silver 17th 6th 4th N/A 11th N/A
  2005 Hochfilzen 5th 9th 10th 5th N/A 8th 8th
  2006 Pokljuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 8th
  2007 Antholz-Anterselva 21st 5th 7th 21st N/A 13th 11th
  2008 Östersund 30th 11th 11th 21st N/A 17th 6th
  2009 Pyeongchang 9th 16th 4th 6th N/A 13th 8th
  2012 Ruhpolding 37th 54th 51st N/A LPD 13th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**Team was removed as an event in 1998, and pursuit was added in 1997 with mass start being added in 1999 and the mixed relay in 2005.

Individual victoriesEdit

5 victories (1 In, 1 Sp, 1 Pu, 2 MS)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1994–95
1 victory
(1 In)
16 February 1995   Antholz-Anterselva 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
2005–06
1 victory
(1 MS)
19 March 2006   Kontiolahti 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2007–08
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
5 January 2008   Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 March 2008   Khanty-Mansiysk 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
2008–09
1 victory
(1 MS)
7 December 2008   Östersund 12.5 km pursuit 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (18 April 2012). "Retirements and New Coaches". Biathlonworld. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Viktor Maigourov". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 3 June 2015.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Henryk Gruth
Flagbearer for   Poland
Lillehammer 1994
Succeeded by
Mariusz Siudek