Biathlon pays respects to triple Olympic champ Halvard Hanevold
Norwegian triple Olympic champion Halvard Hanevold has been heralded as a "biathlon legend", following news of his death aged 49.
In addition to his three Olympic titles, Hanevold also claimed three other Olympic medals (two silvers and a bronze) and won five world championship gold medals.
The world of biathlon has been paying its respects to the late champion.
In a statement, International Biathlon Union president Olle Dahlin said Hanevold "embodied the best characteristics of our sport".
"He was humble, always curious and thoughtful but above all friendly, and he always found a reason to smile and a reason to laugh.
"More than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, generosity, wit, and ever-present smile which will never be forgotten."
Current biathlon stars, including Hanevold's countrymen Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Johannes Thingnes Boe and Boe's French rival Martin Fourcade, expressed their shock and sadness at Hanevold's untimely death.
"You were a fantastic being," Bjoerndalen said in a tribute video.
On Instagram, Boe described Hanevold as "a role model and pioneer in Norwegian biathlon history".
Since his retirement and until his passing, Hanevold had worked as a commentator and analyst for Norwegian channel NRK.