Carl-Johan Bergman, the most consistent male biathlete on the Swedish team, will make his fourth trip to the Olympics in Sochi. The happy-go-lucky fellow is perhaps best known for being the unfortunate loser of duel for the bronze medal in the men's relay at the 2006 Torino Games. He again missed...
Carl-Johan Bergman, the most consistent male biathlete on the Swedish team, will make his fourth trip to the Olympics in Sochi. The happy-go-lucky fellow is perhaps best known for being the unfortunate loser of duel for the bronze medal in the men's relay at the 2006 Torino Games. He again missed out on a medal in Vancouver, finishing fourth once more in the relay.
2001: World Championships – 16th (relay), 66th (sprint)
Things to know:
1. On his web site, Bergman labels himself “100% biathlete, 20% computer programmer.” He is rarely able to multi-task between biathlon and programming during the season, however. He likes that he can take computer with him on the road, but admits that it is tough squeezing tasks into his tight training schedule. "It takes half an hour to get into the work. You have to be focused so you can write good code, not just code." He lists the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, as one of his idols.
2. Bergman took over Sweden's anchor leg of the men's 4x7.5km relay at the Torino Games in fifth place, but climbed to the bronze-medal position until only a few meters remained in the race. A small stumble by Bergman helped France's Raphael Poiree nip him at the line in a photo finish. Rather than dwell negatively upon the fourth-place result, the Swede still sees it as a positive experience. "It was the best part of sport, with all of the drama. It was a bad ending for us, but it was a good experience and a wonderful day."
3. Bergman has divided his two-week break - from the middle of April to the beginning of May - equally between the home country of his family (Sweden) and that of his wife and fellow biathlete, Liv Kjersti Eikeland (Norway). His father, Lennart, is an engineer; his mother, Birgitta, works in a bank; and his younger sister, Johanna, is a budding jazz-soul singer and was a 2008 finalist for the national Lucia Bride contest. Bergman calls Lillehammer, the Norwegian host of the 1994 Winter Games, home, but will continue training with, and competing for, Sweden.