Athlete Profile - Martin FOURCADE

Birth Date:  14 Sep 1988
Age:  29
Gender:   Men

Martin FOURCADE - Schedule

Start Time Event Status
Sun, 11 Feb 20:15
Men's 10km Sprint
Mon, 12 Feb 21:00
Men's 12.5km Pursuit
Thu, 15 Feb 20:20
Men's 20km Individual
Sun, 18 Feb 20:15
Men's 15km Mass Start
Tue, 20 Feb 20:15
2x6km Women + 2x7.5km Men Mixed Relay
Fri, 23 Feb 20:15
Men's 4x7.5km Relay

Biographical Information

Highlights BIATHLON

Olympic Winter Games
YearLocation20km IN10km SP12.5km PU15km MS4x7.5km RLMixed RL
2014Sochi, RUS161285
2010Vancouver, BC, CAN14353426-

World Championships
YearLocation20km IN10km SP12.5km PU15km MS4x7.5km RLMixed RL
2017Hochfilzen, AUT331522
2016Holmenkollen, NOR111291
2015Kontiolahti, FIN11271032
2013Nove Mesto na Morave, CZE1221022
2012Ruhpolding, GER25111211
2011Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS102110123
2010Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS-----5
2009Pyeongchang, KOR13188154-

World Cup Rankings overview - All rankings from 2014/2015, top three for earlier seasons
YearTotalIndividualSprintPursuitMass Start

World Cup overview - Best rank per season and event since 2014/2015
Year20km IN10km SP12.5km PU15km MS4x7.5km RLSingle X RLMixed RL
2017/20181 x 1st1 x 1st2 x 1st2 x 1st1 x 2nd1 x 4th-
2016/20171 x 1st5 x 1st6 x 1st2 x 1st2 x 1st1 x 1st1 x 2nd
2015/20162 x 1st3 x 1st4 x 1st1 x 1st1 x 3rd1 x 1st1 x 1st
2014/20152 x 1st3 x 1st2 x 1st1 x 1st1 x 2nd-1 x 1st

World Cup - Ten best performances in current season
12017/201820km IndividualRuhpolding, GER44:27.9
12017/201810km SprintOberhof, GER25:03.3
12017/201812.5km PursuitOberhof, GER32:23.6
12017/201812.5km PursuitOstersund, SWE30:12.2
12017/201815km Mass StartAntholz, ITA40:18.6
12017/201815km Mass StartAnnecy, FRA36:30.3
22017/201810km SprintAntholz, ITA23:32.1
22017/201810km SprintAnnecy, FRA22:38.0
22017/201810km SprintHochfilzen, AUT24:30.5
22017/201810km SprintOstersund, SWE22:41.3
22017/201812.5km PursuitAntholz, ITA32:14.9
22017/201812.5km PursuitAnnecy, FRA33:54.1
22017/201815km Mass StartRuhpolding, GER37:15.7
22017/20184 x 7.5km RelayRuhpolding, GER1:13:36.0

SP - Sprint, IN - Individual, PU - Pursuit, MS - Mass Start, RL - Relay, Single X RL - 6+7.5km Relay, Mixed RL - 2 x 6km + 2 x 7.5km Relay, X - Mixed, CCS/BTH X RL - Cross - Country Biathlon Mixed Relay, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified


World Cup Rankings overview - All rankings from 2014/2015, top three for earlier seasons

World Cup overview - Best rank per season and event since 2014/2015
YearSP C10km F
2015/20161 x 95th1 x 22nd

SP - Sprint, C - Classic, F - Freestyle, P - Pursuit, R - Relay, TSP - Team Sprint, Overall - Final classification Stage World Cup, xkm/xkm - Skiathlon events, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified
Hobbies Travelling, spending time with his family. (Facebook page, 02 Jan 2018)
Family Partner Helene, daughters Manon [2015] and Ines [2017]
Languages spoken English, French, Spanish
Club name Defense EMHM [FRA] / Ski Club Font-Romeu Pyrenees 2000 [FRA] [France]
Coach Stephane Bouthiaux [national], FRA; Franck Badiou [national, shooting], FRA (, 05 Mar 2017)
Sporting/Famous relatives His older brother Simon Fourcade has represented France in biathlon, and both brothers were named in the France team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. His youngest brother, Brice, has competed in alpine skiing at national level in France. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Oct 2016; Pyeongchang Entries, 11 Feb 2018)
Other sports He has competed in cross-country skiing at World Cup level. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jan 2014)
Debut World Cup Debut - 2008 in Oslo, Norway
Injuries In September 2017 he missed the 2017 French Championships due to sinusitis. (, 18 Sep 2017)

He dislocated his right shoulder in December 2012 in a fall in Germany. (, 31 Dec 2012)

In October 2008 he fell off roller skis and fractured his left shoulder during a training session in Bessans, France. (, 21 Oct 2008)
Start He took up biathlon at age 10. (, 13 Feb 2012)
Reason He tried numerous sports including ice hockey, judo, swimming, athletics and mountain biking, before taking up Nordic skiing and then biathlon after his brother Simon started. "I wanted to be like my older brother." (, 21 Mar 2012)
Ambition To win gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 16 Sep 2016)
Memorable Achievement Winning the mass start race at the 2017 World Cup event in Le Grand Bornand, France. (, 18 Dec 2017)
Hero Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (, 03 Mar 2017)
Awards He was named as flag bearer for France for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 26 Sep 2017)

In 2013 he received the Holmenkollen Medal, Norway's highest award for ski sports. (, 03 Mar 2013)
Additional information General
In 2016 his shooting coach of 10 years, Siegfried Mazet, was replaced by Franck Badiou. "It was a little worrying because we knew what we were losing with Siegfried's departure, without knowing what we would gain. But in the end, the relationship between myself and Badiou is based much more on sharing and reflection. For 10 years I more or less did the same thing [with Siegfried], going through the motions. But now we are entering new territory and new opportunities." (, 16 Sep 2016)

Speaking in late 2016, he said he was still passionate about biathlon and plans to continue competing through to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. However, he admitted that it was harder to motivate himself after his previous successes. "I want to be Olympic champion again, but I have already achieved this, so the motivation is harder to find. This means that it is crucial that the passion is still there. I've already asked myself why I continue in the sport, and there are several responses, but the most important is that I am still enjoying it. If I wasn't, I would not continue." (, 16 Sep 2016)

He finished third in the sprint at the 2012 World Cup event in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, while his brother Simon finished second in the event. The pair became the first brothers to make the podium of a World Cup biathlon event. (, 17 Jan 2012)

Both he and older brother Simon, who also represents France in biathlon, say that their relationship has not always been easy, with Simon admitting that he was 'jealous' of his brother's success. "It was at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 that I started to enjoy more success than Simon, who was going through a difficult time in his career. There were some complicated moments over the years, and it's not always easy to manage today, but we get along much better now." (, 08 Jan 2017;, 07 Mar 2013)

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