Mark Kirchner was the flag bearer for Germany at the 1994 Lillehammer Opening Ceremony. Besides his three Olympic gold medals in biathlon he also won seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals at World Championships between 1990-97. His most successful year was 1992 when he earned two golds at Albertville in the 10 km and relay, adding 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 over 10 km. He was placing second in the overall biathlon World Cup in both 1991 and 1993.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 Head Coach Frank Ullrich.