Vincent Jay (born 18 May 1985) is a former French biathlete and non-commissioned officer. During his career, he won two Olympic medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - a gold in the sprint and a bronze medal in the pursuit. He was the first Frenchman to win an Olympic sprint Biathlon title. In the World Cup, he has fourteen podiums with two individual victories in Vancouver and two victories as part of relay teams.
|Full name||Vincent Jay|
|Born||18 May 1985|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Club||EMHM Les Ménuires|
|World Cup debut||23 March 2006|
|Retired||9 December 2012|
|Medals||2 (1 gold)|
|Teams||4 (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)|
He won a gold medal in the 10 km sprint and a Bronze medal in the 12.5 km pursuit at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jay also won the 20 km individual race at the 2009 World Cup event in Vancouver.
His Olympic victory came one year after his first victory in World Cup at the same venue. He was not considered a favourite to win gold but was seen as the fourth man in the French team after Vincent Defrasne, and Simon and Martin Fourcade. He caused surprise by winning France's first gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games. He followed this up with a bronze medal in the pursuit two days later. This event gave him a level of fame in the media for which he wasn't prepared. After two seasons in halftone, he announced his retirement from the sport because of disappointing results in December 2012. In his last race he helped the French team to a second place in a World Cup relay in Hochfilzen.
2 medals (1 gold, 1 bronze)
- *Mass start was added as an event in 2006.
|Event||Individual||Sprint||Pursuit||Mass start||Relay||Mixed relay|
- *During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
2 victories (1 In, 1 Sp)
|11 March 2009||Vancouver||20 km individual||Biathlon World Cup|
|14 February 2010||Vancouver||10 km sprint||Winter Olympic Games|
- Jay, Vincent, Équipe de France Militaire de Ski 2011.
- "Vincent Jay, Biathlon". Vancouver 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Dure, Beau (14 February 2010). "France's Jay wins Olympic biathlon 10K; weather takes toll". USA Today. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- "One Final Competition for Vincent Jay". International Biathlon Union. 13 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-02-06. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Marie Marchand-Arvier et Vincent Jay se sont mariés" [Marie Marchand-Arvier and Vincent Jay married]. Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). 28 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Val d'Isère: Vincent Jay bientôt à la tête du club des sports" [Val d'Isère: Vincent Jay soon to be head of Sports Club]. Le Dauphiné libéré (in French). 26 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Vincent Jay". IBU Datacenter. International Biathlon Union. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
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