Laura Dahlmeier of Germany began her quest for six Olympic gold medals on Saturday when she placed first in the women's 7.5 kilometer sprint at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Dahlmeier has won seven career gold medals at the World Biathlon Championships and now has her first career Olympic medal.
Dahlmeier shot perfectly with zero penalties and skied to a time of 21 minutes, 6.2 seconds. Norway's Marte Olsbu won the silver medal with a time of 21 minutes, 30.4 seconds and Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic won the bronze medal with a time of 21 minutes and 32 seconds. Emily Dreissigacker, the lone American in the event, was 51st.
It is possible that Dahlmeier could win six gold medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and smash the women's record for most gold medals in biathlon at a single Olympic Winter Games. Darya Domracheva of Belarus currently has the record of three, which was set at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway has the record for the most medals by a biathlete at a single Olympic Winter Games with four, which was set on American snow, at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
In the men's 10km sprint on Feb. 11, Arnd Peiffer of Germany won the gold medal, seven years after winning the men's 10km sprint at the 2011 World Biathlon Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Dominik Windisch, who won the bronze medal, won Italy's first medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The top American was Lowell Bailey in 33rd place.
In the women's 10km pursuit on Feb. 12, Dahlmeier won her second gold medal in the women's biathlon at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She made Olympic history by becoming the first female biathlete ever to win the gold medal in the 10km pursuit and the 7.5 km sprint at the same Olympic Winter Games. Bjorndalen was the first biathlete (and only other biathlete) to win the sprint-pursuit double. He achieved the feat at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Silver medalist Anastasiya Kuzmina won Slovakia's first medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Dreissigacker was the lone American and finished 47th.
In the men's 12.5 km pursuit, Martin Fourcade of France became the first biathlete ever to successfully defend his Olympic pursuit title. AXS Sports successfully predicted Fourcade and Dahlmeier to win the gold medal in the biathlon pursuits. The top American in the men's pursuit was Tim Burke in 17th place.
There was a major surprise in the women's 15 km individual event on Thursday. Hanna Oberg of Sweden, who was ranked 58th this season in the World Cup standings won gold and ended Dahlmeier's attempt of winning six Olympic gold medals. Dahlmeier did win the bronze medal, however. The top American was Sarah Dunklee in 19th place.
In the men's 20 km individual, Johannes Thingnes Bo followed in the footsteps of his older brother Tarjei Bo, who won an Olympic gold medal for Norway in the men's 4 x 7.5 km biathlon relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with Bjorndalen, Halvard Hanevold and Emil Hegle Svendsen. The top American was Burke in 41st place.
In the women's 12.5 km mass start, Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won her third career Olympic gold medal. Kuzmina is the only Slovakian ever to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games, She previously won the gold medal in the women's 7.5 kilometer sprint at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and again at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The gold medal favorite, Laura Dahlmeier of Germany finished well back in 16th place. Silver medalist Darya Domracheva won Belarus's second medal of the Olympic Winter Games as she followed in the footsteps of women's aerials champion Hanna Huskova.
In the men's 15 km mass start, Martin Fourcade became the first French Olympian to win four gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games. Fourcade also is one of two French athletes in the history of the Olympics to win four gold medals as he joins fencer Lucien Gaudin who won two gold medals each at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. AXS Sports successfully predicted a gold medal for Fourcade.
Fourcade won his third gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in the mixed relay. With the gold medal, Fourcade became the first French athlete to win five Olympic gold medals (summer or winter). AXS Sports successfully predicted a bronze medal for Italy and a medal for France. The United States finished in 15th place.
In the women's 4 x 6 km relay, Belarus won its second gold medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. For the great Darya Domracheva, it was her fourth gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games, but first as part of a team. In fact, it was the first time in the history of the Olympic Winter Games that Belarus won a medal in a team event. The gold medal for Belarus was a significant surprise. They finished ninth at the 2017 World Biathlon Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria and was 11th on the World Cup circuit. AXS Sports successfully predicted a medal for France. The United States finished in 13th place.
In the men's 4 x 7.5 km relay, Sweden won the gold medal for the first time in the history of the Olympic event. It was the first Olympic medal for three of the four Swedish biathletes. AXS Sports successfully predicted Norway to win the Olympic silver medal. The United States finished in sixth place. That was tied for their best ever performance in the event as they also finished sixth at the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck.
Here are all the winners in the biathlon events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
(results will be posted after every event)
Women's 7.5 km Biathlon Sprint:
GOLD: Laura Dahlmeier (Germany) 21:06.2
SILVER: Marte Olsbu (Norway) 21:30.4
BRONZE: Veronika Vitkova (Czech Republic) 21:32.0
Men’s 10 km Sprint:
GOLD: Arnd Peiffer (Germany) 23:38.8
SILVER: Michal Krcmar (Czech Republic) 23:43.2
BRONZE: Dominik Windisch (Italy) 23:46.5
Women’s 10 km Pursuit:
GOLD: Laura Dahlmeier (Germany) 30:35.3
SILVER: Anastasiya Kuzmina (Slovakia) 31:04.7
BRONZE: Anais Bescond (France) 31:04.9
Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit:
GOLD: Martin Fourcade (France) 32:51.7
SILVER: Sebastian Samuelsson (Sweden) 33:03.7
BRONZE: Benedikt Doll (Germany) 33:06.8.
Women’s 15 km Individual:
GOLD: Hanna Oberg (Sweden) 41:07.2
SILVER: Anastasiya Kuzmina (Slovakia) 41:31.9
BRONZE: Laura Dahlmeier (Germany) 41:48.4
Men’s 20 km Individual:
GOLD: Johannes Thingnes Bo (Norway) 48:03.8
SILVER: Jakov Fak (Slovenia) 48:09.3
BRONZE: Dominik Landertinger (Austria) 48:18.0
Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start:
GOLD: Anastasiya Kuzmina (Slovakia) 35:23.0
SILVER: Darya Domracheva (Belarus) 35:41.8
BRONZE: Tiril Eckhoff (Norway) 35:50.7
Men’s 15 km Mass Start:
GOLD: Martin Fourcade (France) 35:47.3
SILVER: Simon Schempp (Germany) 35:47.3
BRONZE: Emil Hegle Svendsen (Norway) 35:58.5
Mixed Biathlon Relay:
GOLD: France 1:08.34.3
SILVER: Norway 1:08.55.2
BRONZE: Italy 1:09.01.2
Women’s 4x6 km Relay:
GOLD: Belarus 1:12:03.4
SILVER: Sweden 1:12:14.1
BRONZE: France 1:12:21.0
Men’s 4x7.5 km Relay:
GOLD: Sweden 1:15:16.5
SILVER: Norway 1:16:12.0
BRONZE: Germany 1:17:23.6