Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Dates 13 – 26 February 2010
Medal Events 10

The biathlon events of the 2010 Winter Olympics were held, like the cross-country skiing and ski jumping, at the Whistler Olympic Park which is 125 km away from Vancouver. The schedule of events remained unchanged from 2006, the first time this had been the case for four Olympics.

Since Torino a doping scandal had tarnished the reputation of the Russian team. Five team members including Olympic champion Albina Akhatova and world champions Yekaterina Yuryeva and Dmitry Yaroshenko were caught up in a case which International Biathlon Union president Anders Besseberg said revealed “systematic doping on a large scale in one of the strongest teams of the world.”

One of the main interests in the sport was whether Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway could add to his tally of medals and despite early set backs he managed to add a gold and silver to his previous collection of 9 Olympic medals.

The men’s events at Whistler were a mixture of the predictable and the surprising. The gold medals won by Emil Hegle Svendsen and Yevgeny Ustyugov were taken by men who had shown excellent form in races prior to the Games. Those won by Vincent Jay and Bjorn Ferry were not so easily predicted.

After the shock victory of Anastasia Kuzmina of Slovakia in the sprint event the more traditional biathlon nations proceeded to win the other races. Star of the Games was Magdalena Neuner who won 2 golds and a silver despite opting out of the relay. Despite the loss of some of their top biathletes to doping bans the Russian women were victorious in the relay. Skiing the third leg for Russia was Olga Pylyova-Medvedtseva who has had an eventful Olympic career. An Olympic champion from 2002, she had forfeited a silver medal won in Torino due to a positive doping test for the stimulant carphedon. She is unique in having been Olympic champion before and after failing a drug test at the Olympic Games.

Norway emerged as the team winning most gold medals (3), although it took them until the 5th event, the women’s 15 kilometres, for them to take the first of their gold’s. In terms of total medals, perhaps more surprisingly it was France who ended up as the best nation with a gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Croatia won biathlon medals for the first time.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
10 kilometres Sprint, Men Olympic 14 February 2010 88 32
12.5 kilometres Pursuit, Men Olympic 16 February 2010 60 24
15 kilometres Mass Start, Men Olympic 21 February 2010 30 16
20 kilometres, Men Olympic 18 February 2010 88 32
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic 26 February 2010 76 19
7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women Olympic 13 February 2010 88 30
10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 16 February 2010 60 24
12.5 kilometres Mass Start, Women Olympic 21 February 2010 30 12
15 kilometres, Women Olympic 18 February 2010 87 31
4 × 6 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic 23 February 2010 76 19
204 (105/99) 37 (32/31)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
10 kilometres Sprint, Men Vincent JayFRA Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR Jakov FakCRO
12.5 kilometres Pursuit, Men Björn FerrySWE Christoph SumannAUT Vincent JayFRA
15 kilometres Mass Start, Men Yevgeny UstyugovRUS Martin FourcadeFRA Pavol HurajtSVK
20 kilometres, Men Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR Siarhei Novikau
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men NorwayNOR AustriaAUT Russian FederationRUS
7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women Anastasia KuzminaSVK Magdalena NeunerGER Marie DorinFRA
10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Magdalena NeunerGER Anastasia KuzminaSVK Marie-Laure BrunetFRA
12.5 kilometres Mass Start, Women Magdalena NeunerGER Olga ZaytsevaRUS Simone HauswaldGER
15 kilometres, Women Tora BergerNOR Yelena KhrustalyovaKAZ Daria DomrachavaBLR
4 × 6 kilometres Relay, Women Russian FederationRUS FranceFRA GermanyGER

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Norway NOR 3 2 0 5
Germany GER 2 1 2 5
Russian Federation RUS 2 1 1 4
France FRA 1 2 3 6
Slovakia SVK 1 1 1 3
Sweden SWE 1 0 0 1
Austria AUT 0 2 0 2
Belarus BLR 0 1 1 2
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 1 0 1
Croatia CRO 0 0 1 1