Tora Berger, Norway’s first Olympic biathlon champion, will head to her third Games in Sochi as an overwhelming medal favorite across the program. In 2013, she won four gold medals and two silver medals at the World Championships, and had 11 victories and 19 podium finishes on the World Cup circuit, a single-season record.
- 2013: World Championships – Gold (individual, pursuit, relay, mixed relay), Silver (sprint, mass start)
- 2013: World Cup Standings: - 1st (overall)
- 2012: World Championships – Gold (individual, mass start, mixed relay), Bronze (relay)
- 2011: World Championships – Gold (mixed relay)
- 2010: Olympics – Gold (individual)
- 2009: World Championships – Bronze (individual, mixed relay)
- 2008: World Championships – Silver (mass start)
- 2007: World Championships – Bronze (relay, mixed relay)
Things to know:
1. At the Vancouver Games, Berger became the first Norwegian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in biathlon, taking the women’s 15km individual. The victory was historic in other ways as the gold medal was Norway’s 10th in biathlon and 100th gold overall at the Winter Olympics, making it the first country to reach that mark.
2. Berger’s older brother, Lars, is a member of the Norwegian cross-country skiing team. He won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics in the 4x10km relay. Lars Berger also competed as a biathlete, winning five medals at the World Championships including gold in the 4x7.5km relay in Pyeongchang in 2009.
3. Berger and her husband, whom she met in high school, have two dogs, Tussi and Tarzan. Tarzan often accompanies her on training runs. When Berger is traveling on the biathlon circuit, she enjoys knitting and reading, especially books about crime. Outside of competition, she enjoys hunting reindeer and birds and fishing.