Silver for Emil Hegle Svendsen
Norwegian biathlete Emil Hegle Svendsen won silver in the 10km sprint at Vancouver 2010, his country’s first medal at that Games.
Svendsen (born 12 July 1985 in Trondheim, Norway) achieved success at the Junior World Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005, finishing with an overall haul of five biathlon medals, two of which were gold.
Svendsen made a seamless transition from the junior to senior ranks, competing in the 2005/2006 World Cup and gaining respectable results, including three fifth places. His best final placing was in the Mass Sprint event, in which he finished the season in seventh place overall. He was selected for the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games in the Mass Sprint, and took sixth place.
Svendsen announced his status as one to watch by winning his first World Cup event in 2007, but it was at the 2008 World Championships that he really hit the heights, winning gold medals in both the 20km Individual and 15km Mass Start events.
After his 2008 World Championships success, Svendsen continued to assert his presence as one of the world’s leading biathletes. He won gold in the team relay at the 2009 World Championships, and had amassed a career total of 15 World Cup victories going into Vancouver 2010. At the Games themselves he won silver behind unexpected winner Vincent Jay of France.