The WFSA at its annual general meeting in Nuremberg, Germany, on March 7, 2013, presented its prestigious Vito Genco Shooting Ambassador Award to Ole Einar Bjørndalen from Norway. Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a professional biathlete, often regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. In 1992, he won his first career medal at the junior world championships. A year later In 1993, after winning a record three junior world championship titles, Bjørndalen made his Biathlon World Cup debut. His breakthrough came in 1994 when he featured on his first World Cup podium in a Sprint race held in Bad Gastein, Austria. Bjørndalen's first participation at the Olympic Games was during the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, which were held in his home country of Norway. At the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics he won 4 gold medals, becoming the only biathlete to win every event during the same Winter Olympic Games. This makes him one of only three Olympians to win four gold medals during the same Winter Games. At the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Bjørndalen became the most successful biathlete in Winter Olympic history by surpassing the previous record of 9 career Olympic medals. With 48 medals he is the most decorated World Championship athlete of all time, and one of only two athletes to win 11 medals at the Winter Olympics.
Ambassador Award 2013
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