Touted as the next great Norwegian biathlete since his days on the juniors circuit, Emile Hegle Svendsen appears poised to take the mantle held by “Biathlon King” Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. His four gold medals at last year’s World Championships stamp him as an overwhelming medal favorite heading into Sochi, which would be his third Olympic Games.
• 2013: World Championships – Gold (sprint, pursuit, relay, mixed relay)
• 2012: World Championships – Gold (relay, mixed relay), Silver (sprint), 5th (pursuit), 8th (individual), 18th (mass start)
• 2011: World Championships – Gold (mass start, relay), Silver (pursuit), 4th (individual), 5th (sprint)
• 2010: Olympics – Gold (individual, relay), Silver (sprint), 8th (pursuit), 13th (mass start)
• 2009: World Championships – Gold (relay), 12th (mass start)
• 2008: World Championships – Gold (individual, mass start), Silver (relay), 12th (sprint, pursuit)
• 2007: World Championships – Bronze (relay), 5th (pursuit), 7th (sprint)
• 2006: Olympics – 6th (mass start)
Things to know:
1. After making his Olympic debut in 2006, Svendsen won gold at the 2008 World Championships in individual and mass start, bumping legendary biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen to silver in each race. The following year, Norwegian television juxtaposed the two teammates and rivals as “The king and the prince. The teacher and the student. The swan and the duckling.”
2. Prior to the 2009-10 World Cup season, Svendsen visited a local tarot card reader named Marie, to find out what his near Olympic future had in store. After a few questions and an analysis of the cards, she told him that he would reach the podium at the Games, but could not promise a gold medal. Armed with a lucky crystal received during his visit, he won gold in the individual and relay and silver in the sprint in Vancouver.
3. Prior to the 2010 Olympics, the biathlete nicknamed himself “Super Svendsen.”
Emil Hegle Svendsen
- Age 29 (July 12, 1985)
- Height 6-1
- Weight 169lbs
- Birthplace Norway
- Residence Norway
- First Olympics 2006
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