Biathlon at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Dates 10 – 23 February 2018
Medal Events 11

The program for the biathlon events was exactly the same as at Sochi in 2014, with five events each for men and women and a mixed relay. The Olympic competitions were not counted for the World Cup series. All the events took place at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in the Mountain Cluster near PyeongChang, and they all took place in the evening under a lighted course. As has been common in recent years, the longest individual events, the traditional 20 km for men and 15 km for women, were held by adding 1-minute penalties for missed targets, while the penalty in all the other events was skiing an additional 150-metre penalty loop for each missed shot.

Norwegian star Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who came into PyeongChang as the most decorated Winter Olympian ever with 13 medals, did not qualify for his seventh Winter Olympics, but served as a part of the service team for Belarus, as his wife Darya Domracheva participated. She surprisingly won the gold medal with the women’s relay team and a silver medal in the individual mass start event.

Frenchman Martin Fourcade won three golds, one with the mixed relay team and two individual golds as the most successful biathlete in PyeongChang. The most decorated female was German Laura Dahlmeier, who won two individual gold and another bronze medal, although Anaïs Bescond (FRA) and Anastasia Kuzmina (SVK) also won three medals, but only one gold each.

The most successful nation was Germany, with 3 golds and 7 medals overall, as Arnd Peiffer (a gold), Simon Schempp, and Benedikt Doll won individual medals, as did the German men’s relay team, with a bronze medal. Next was France, winning 3 golds and 5 medals, adding two bronze medals to Fourcade’s triumphs, by Bescond and the women’s relay team. A bit surprising was that Sweden’s men’s relay won only a single gold medal and Johannes Thingnes Bø won the only gold for Norway, although Norway won 6 biathlon medals. Slovakian Anastasia Kuzmina capped off her Olympic appearances with another gold medal and two more silvers after 2010 and 2014.

The best Russian biathletes were not invited by the IOC, following the doping scandal during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and Olympic Athletes from Russia did not win any medals in this sport.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
10 kilometres Sprint, Men Olympic 11 February 2018 87 26
12.5 kilometres Pursuit, Men Olympic 12 February 2018 60 25
15 kilometres Mass Start, Men Olympic 18 February 2018 30 13
20 kilometres, Men Olympic 15 February 2018 86 26
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic 23 February 2018 72 18
7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women Olympic 10 February 2018 87 27
10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 12 February 2018 58 24
12.5 kilometres Mass Start, Women Olympic 17 February 2018 30 13
15 kilometres, Women Olympic 15 February 2018 87 27
4 × 6 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic 22 February 2018 72 18
2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Mixed Olympic 20 February 2018 80 20
200 (99/101) 28 (26/27)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
10 kilometres Sprint, Men Arnd PeifferGER Michal KrčmářCZE Dominik WindischITA
12.5 kilometres Pursuit, Men Martin FourcadeFRA Sebastian SamuelssonSWE Benedikt DollGER
15 kilometres Mass Start, Men Martin FourcadeFRA Simon SchemppGER Emil Hegle SvendsenNOR
20 kilometres, Men Johannes Thingnes BøNOR Jakov FakSLO Dominik LandertingerAUT
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men SwedenSWE NorwayNOR GermanyGER
7.5 kilometres Sprint, Women Laura DahlmeierGER Marte OlsbuNOR Veronika VítkováCZE
10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Laura DahlmeierGER Anastasia KuzminaSVK Anaïs BescondFRA
12.5 kilometres Mass Start, Women Anastasia KuzminaSVK Daria DomrachavaBLR Tiril EckhoffNOR
15 kilometres, Women Hanna ÖbergSWE Anastasia KuzminaSVK Laura DahlmeierGER
4 × 6 kilometres Relay, Women BelarusBLR SwedenSWE FranceFRA
2 × 6 kilometres and 2 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Mixed FranceFRA NorwayNOR ItalyITA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany GER 3 1 3 7
France FRA 3 0 2 5
Sweden SWE 2 2 0 4
Norway NOR 1 3 2 6
Slovakia SVK 1 2 0 3
Belarus BLR 1 1 0 2
Czech Republic CZE 0 1 1 2
Slovenia SLO 0 1 0 1
Italy ITA 0 0 2 2
Austria AUT 0 0 1 1