Mark Kirchner

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameMark•Kirchner
Used nameMark•Kirchner
Born4 April 1970 in Neuhaus am Rennweg, Thüringen (GER)
Measurements178 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsWintersportverein Scheibe-Alsbach/Wintersportverein Oberhof
NOC Germany


Mark Kirchner was the flag bearer for Germany at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics Opening Ceremony. In addition to his three Olympic biathlon gold medals, Kirchner also won seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals at World Championships between 1990-97.

Kirchner’s most successful year was 1992 when he won two golds at the Albertville Winter Olympics in the 10 km and relay, and a silver over 20 km. Two years later at Lillehammer, Kirchner added another gold in the relay and finished seventh over 20 km, and 12th in the sprint event. Kirchner finished second in the overall biathlon World Cup in both 1991 and 1993. In total, he won 16 World Cup races, including seven individual events.

In 1999 Kirchner moved to cross-country skiing, but with slightly less success. At the East German Championships, Kirchner was runner-up in the biathlon relay with his ASK Vorwärts Oberhof club in 1989. After German reunification he became German champion over 10 km in 1992.

Kirchner later turned to coaching and in 2007 became assistant coach under Frank Ullrich with the German Biathlon Association. After the 2018 Winter Olympics Kirchner became Head Coach. In 1992 he was awarded the Silver Bay Leaf, Germany’s highest sports award.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Winter Olympics Biathlon GER Mark Kirchner
10 kilometres Sprint, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold
1994 Winter Olympics Biathlon GER Mark Kirchner
10 kilometres Sprint, Men (Olympic) 12
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 7
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Germany 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1994 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony GER Mark Kirchner

Special Notes