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Ole Einar Bjørndalen
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Bjørndalen in 2007
Personal information
Nickname(s) King of Biathlon
The Cannibal
Born 27 January 1974 (1974-01-27) (age 45)
Drammen, Norway
Residence Obertilliach, Austria
Height 1.79 m
Spouse(s)
Nathalie Santer
(m. 2006; div. 2012)

Darya Domracheva
(m. 2016)
Website oleeinarbjorndalen.com
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
Cross-country skiing
Club Simostranda IL
Byåsen IL
Skis Madshus
Rifle Anschütz
World Cup debut 18 March 1993
28 November 1998
Olympic Games
Teams 6 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
1 (2002)
Medals 13 (8 gold)
World Championships
Teams 23 (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
2 (2005, 2007)
Medals 45 (20 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 25 (1992/93–2017/18)
Individual races
  • 421 (biathlon)
  • 16 (cross-country skiing)
All races
  • 514 (biathlon)
  • 20 (cross-country skiing)
Individual victories
  • 95 (biathlon)
  • 1 (cross-country skiing)
All victories
  • 133 (biathlon)
  • 1 (cross-country skiing)
Individual podiums
  • 179 (biathlon)
  • 3 (cross-country skiing)
All podiums
  • 252 (biathlon)
  • 5 (cross-country skiing)
Overall titles 6 (1997–98, 2002–03,
2004–05, 2005–06,
2007–08, 2008–09)
Discipline titles 20:
1 Individual (2004–05);
9 Sprint (1994–95,
1996–97, 1997–98,
1999–00, 2000–01,
2002–03, 2004–05,
2007–08, 2008–09);
5 Pursuit (1999–00,
2002–03, 2005–06,
2007–08, 2008–09);
5 Mass start (2002–03,
2004–05, 2005–06,
2006–07, 2007–08)

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (born 27 January 1974) is a retired Norwegian professional biathlete, often referred to by the nickname, the "King of Biathlon". With 13 Winter Olympic Games medals, he is second on the list of multiple medalists behind Marit Bjørgen who has won 15 medals. He is also the most successful biathlete of all time at the Biathlon World Championships, having won 45 medals, more than double that of any other biathlete except Martin Fourcade. With 95 World Cup wins, Bjørndalen is ranked first all-time for career victories on the Biathlon World Cup tour, more than twice that of anyone else but Fourcade. He has won the Overall World Cup title six times, in 1997–98, in 2002–03, in 2004–05, in 2005–06, in 2007–08 and in 2008–09.

In 1992, he won his first career medal at the junior world championships. A year later in 1993, after winning three junior world championship titles, a medal haul only previously achieved by Sergei Tchepikov, Bjørndalen made his Biathlon World Cup debut. His breakthrough came in 1994 when he featured on his first World Cup podium in a sprint race held in Bad Gastein, Austria. Bjørndalen first competed in the Olympic Games at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, held in his home country of Norway. He obtained his first major victory on 11 January 1996 in an individual competition held in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. On 20 February 2014, Bjørndalen was elected to an eight-year term at the International Olympic Committee's athlete commission. He resigned from this role in 2016 as he elected to continue his career.

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