Martin Fourcade of France comes into the 2013-14 season as the biathlete to beat, not only on the World Cup stage but also entering the Sochi Olympics. He is coming off a season for the ages, in which he was the dominant force across all events in the World Cup and won five medals at the World Championships.
- 2013: World Championships – Gold (individual), Silver (sprint, pursuit, relay, mixed relay), 10th (mass start)
- 2012: World Championships – Gold (sprint, pursuit, mass start), Silver (relay), 11th (mixed relay), 25th (individual)
- 2011: World Championships – Gold (pursuit), Silver (sprint), Bronze (mixed relay), 10th (individual, mass start), 12th (relay)
- 2010: Olympics – Silver (mass start), 6th (relay), 14th (individual), 34th (pursuit), 35th (sprint)
Things to know:
1. Fourcade established himself as the premier biathlete in the world during the 2012-13 season, when he won season titles in the overall, sprint, pursuit, individual and mass start standings. That dominance was backed up with a gold medal and four silver medals at the World Championships.
2. Fourcade won a silver medal in the mass start event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was part of a strong showing by the French team, which won six biathlon medals in Vancouver.
3. Fourcade took up biathlon in 2002 and started competing internationally in 2006, following in the footsteps of his older brother Simon. The younger Fourcade competed for France in the 2007 and 2008 Junior World Championships, winning a bronze medal in the relay in 2007.