At a glance

27 Jan 1974 Drammen, Norway
178 cm / 65 kg 5'10'' / 143 pounds
Male
Ole Einar Bjørndalen first competed at the Olympic Winter Games in 1994, but with only minimal success. In 1998 at Nagano, he won the 10 kilometre biathlon event, and won silver with the Norwegian relay team. But prior to the 2001-2002 season he gave no indication of what he would do at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Earlier in the season he won two World Cup biathlon races, but at Salt Lake City he won gold medals in all four biathlon events – 10 kilometres, 20 kilometres, pursuit, and relay. No biathlete before him had won more than two gold...

Ole Einar Bjørndalen first competed at the Olympic Winter Games in 1994, but with only minimal success. In 1998 at Nagano, he won the 10 kilometre biathlon event, and won silver with the Norwegian relay team. But prior to the 2001-2002 season he gave no indication of what he would do at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Earlier in the season he won two World Cup biathlon races, but at Salt Lake City he won gold medals in all four biathlon events – 10 kilometres, 20 kilometres, pursuit, and relay. No biathlete before him had won more than two gold medals at a single Winter Olympics. Bjørndalen also ran the 30 kilometre cross-country event in 2002, finishing sixth. Bjørndalen also competed in biathlon at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, winning three more medals – two silver and a bronze.

Ole Einar in numbers

6
Olympics
Olympics
13
medals
Gold medal:8 Silver medal:4 Bronze medal:1
  • Sochi
    Sochi 2014
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sochi
    Sochi 2014
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      10 kilometres Sprint
    • 4
      Biathlon
      12.5 kilometres Pursuit
    • 22
      Biathlon
      15 kilometres Mass Start
    • 33
      Biathlon
      20 kilometres
    • 4
      Biathlon
      4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
  • Vancouver
    Vancouver 2010
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Vancouver
    Vancouver 2010
    • 17
      Biathlon
      10 kilometres Sprint
    • =2 Silver medal
      Biathlon
      20 kilometres
    • 7
      Biathlon
      12.5 kilometres Pursuit
    • 27
      Biathlon
      15 kilometres Mass Start
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
  • Turin
    Turin 2006
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Turin
    Turin 2006
    • 11
      Biathlon
      10 kilometres Sprint
    • 2 Silver medal
      Biathlon
      20 kilometres
    • 3 Bronze medal
      Biathlon
      15 kilometres Mass Start
    • 2 Silver medal
      Biathlon
      12.5 kilometres Pursuit
    • 5
      Biathlon
      4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
  • Salt Lake City
    Salt Lake City 2002
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Salt Lake City
    Salt Lake City 2002
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      10 kilometres Sprint
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      20 kilometres
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      12.5 kilometres Pursuit
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
    • 5
      Cross Country Skiing
      30 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle
  • Nagano
    Nagano 1998
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Nagano
    Nagano 1998
    • 1 Gold medal
      Biathlon
      10 kilometres Sprint
    • 7
      Biathlon
      20 kilometres
    • 2 Silver medal
      Biathlon
      4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay
  • Lillehammer
    Lillehammer 1994
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Lillehammer
    Lillehammer 1994
    • 28
      Biathlon
      10 kilometres Sprint
    • 36
      Biathlon
      20 kilometres
    • 7
      Biathlon
      4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay