Biathlon: By the Numbers

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The best event you probably didn't watch in the Sochi games was the biathlon. It had it all! Here's what you missed:

  • 13: Medals Norway's Ole Einar Bjøerndalen has won in his Olympic career, two of which were in Sochi. He is now the most-medaled Winter Olympian.
  • 40: Bjøerndalen's age.
  • 3.5: Sibling rivalries. Martin Fourcade and Selina Gasparin won medals. Their siblings -- Martin's older brother Simon and Selina's younger sisters Aita and Elisa -- did not. Vita Semerenko won an individual bronze as well as the team gold she earned with her twin sister Valj. And Anastasiya Kuzmina won an individual gold, while her brother Anton Shipulin could only get a gold as part of a team (thus the .5 -- I mean, a gold is a gold, right?). 
  • 2: Doping scandals. Russia's Irina Starykh and Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle tested positive, forcing Starykh to withdraw before competition began and Sachenbacher-Stehle to withdraw from the final women's event. She's also been disqualified from at least two other races in which she did compete.
  • 19, 14, 22, 18, 8, 23, 11, 21, 8, 7, 16: The best American finishes in the 11 events.
  • 12: Darya Domracheva's ranking in the final gold medal count if she were her own country (which she should be).
  • 100: Percentage Ukraine's all-time gold medal count increased in Sochi, thanks to the women's relay team.
  • Like 3: Minutes NBC spent on the biathlon in primetime.
  • 0: Biathlon medals the United States has won, ever.


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