After his exploits at the Olympic Games in 1992, 21 year-old, Kirchner received 10,000 letters of congratulations and 6,000 requests for autographed photographs.
First win by almost 16 seconds
Biathlete Mark Kirchner had won the last two world championships at 10km, but had been shooting poorly in the pre-Olympic season. At the Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992 however, Kirchner hit every shot and won by almost 16 seconds. Four days later, he skied the third leg in the 4x7.5km relay and put Germany ahead to stay. After earning this second gold medal, Kirchner entered the 20km and finished second behind Yevgeny Redkin. In 1994, Kirchner earned another gold medal in the 4x7.5km relay