Vincent Defrasne

Vincent Defrasne (born 9 March 1977) is a former French biathlete. He won a gold medal in the 12.5 km pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and a bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Vincent Defrasne
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Defrasne in 2009 in Sandnes.
Personal information
Full nameVincent Defrasne
Born (1977-03-09) 9 March 1977 (age 44)
Pontarlier, France
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Professional information
ClubEMHM - Pontarlier
World Cup debut8 January 1999
Olympic Games
Teams3 (2002, 2006, 2010)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams11 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Medals6 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons12 (1998/99–2009/10)
Individual victories3
All victories7
Individual podiums9
All podiums28
Discipline titles1:
1 Individual (2007–08)

He was also a member of the winning Biathlon World Championship relay team in 2001, and the 2004 team which won bronze. At the Biathlon World Championship 2007 in Antholz, Defrasne earned a bronze medal, in the 12.5 km pursuit and a silver medal in the Mixed Relay event. In 2009 at the World Championships in Pyeongchang, Defrasne was part of the victorious mixed relay team.

Defrasne served as the flagbearer for France at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

He retired from the sport after the 2009–10 season.[1]

Biathlon resultsEdit

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

Olympic GamesEdit

3 medals (1 gold, 2 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay
  2002 Salt Lake City 37th 21st 18th N/A Bronze
  2006 Turin 34th 4th Gold 11th Bronze
  2010 Vancouver 26th 53rd 22nd 6th
*Mass start was added as an event in 2006.

World ChampionshipsEdit

6 medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay Mixed relay
  1999 Kontiolahti 57th 51st 12th N/A
  2000 Oslo Holmenkollen 54th 25th 32nd 10th N/A
  2001 Pokljuka 48th 10th 7th 12th Gold N/A
  2002 Oslo Holmenkollen N/A N/A N/A 20th N/A N/A
  2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 4th 17th DNF 18th 13th N/A
  2004 Oberhof 20th 6th 4th 6th Bronze N/A
  2005 Hochfilzen 11th 10th 7th 16th 5th 6th
  2006 Pokljuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Bronze
  2007 Antholz-Anterselva 16th Bronze 11th 10th Silver
  2008 Östersund 12th 54th 22nd 7th 5th
  2009 Pyeongchang 21st 41st 40th 4th Gold
*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

3 victories (1 In, 1 Sp, 1 Pu)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 Pu)
7 January 2006   Oberhof 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
18 February 2006   Turin 12.5 km pursuit Winter Olympic Games
1 victory
(1 In)
29 November 2007   Kontiolahti 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.


  1. ^ Kokesh, Jerry (15 November 2010). "French Team Reloads for New Season". Biathlonworld. International Biathlon Union. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Vincent Defrasne". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 18 July 2015.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Bruno Mingeon
Flagbearer for   France
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
Jason Lamy-Chappuis