Tora Berger: Norwegian Biathlete Wins Olympic Gold Medal (Photos & Video)

February 18, 2010

Do you know who Tora Berger is? Name doesn’t ring a bell? Well, this Norwegian biathlete just won an Olympic Gold medal in the 15 km Individual Biathlon. Read a biography plus see more Tora Berger photos and video below.

Tora Berger

Tora Berger of Norway completed the event in 40 minutes and 52.8 seconds. She even missed the target on her last shot and received a penalty, but that didn’t matter.

Berger’s win is the 100th medal of the Winter Games for her country. Rounding out the medal winners include Kazakhstan’s Elena Khrustaleva, who took the silver, and Belarus’ Darya Domracheva, who captured the Bronze. Surprisingly, Magdalena Neuner was missing from the medal stand as she came in 10th place. Earlier, she had won the gold in the 10 km pursuit and earned a silver medal in the 7.5 km spring events. That had to have been disappointing for her.

The women’s biathlon is a fairly new sport to the Winter Olympic Games, we first saw it as an event at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville. Berger’s next event? The Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start, which will take place on February 21st.

Okay, so you want to know a bit more about Tora Berger? Here’s a short biography…

She was born in March of 1981 in Ringerike, Norway, so she will soon be 29 years of age. She makes her home in Meraaker, Norway where she currently is a student.

She appeared at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and her best finish was in the 4×6 km relay, placing 5th. She also competed in the 15 km Individual, 10 m Pursuit, 7.5 km Spring and 12.5 km Mass Start.

World Championships Highlights: 2006 – Silver medal in the mixed relay. 2007 – Bronze medals in the 4×6 km relay and mixed relay events. 2008 – Silver medal in the 12.5 km Mass Start event.

And now, for Tora Berger, an Olympic Gold medal adorns her neck and maybe another one on Saturday. Congratulations to the Norwegian biathlete! You can see more Tora Berger pictures and video below.

Tora Berger Photo

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