Who cares about the gloves

Just when IBU was being formed Sven Fischer’s career started to take off. He finished it as the most decorated men German biathlete ever.

Fischer’s apparent talents for athletics were discovered early and already in third grade he was training three times a week in the BSG Werkzeugkombinat sports club. In the fifth grade, he became district champion of his age class.When Fischer was eighteen, he had problems with both his kneecaps after a growth spurt as a youth. As a result he sat out the whole 1989 season, at times thinking this might have been it with his sporting ambitions. "I grew too fast and didn't stretch well. That was one of the most difficult periods in my life. Until then everything was going well, I was lucky to have very supporting people around me. It wasn’t easy to get out of that hole.” In the 1990 season when he came back he found that he had become more powerful than before his injury, and in December 1990, he celebrated his first European cup victory in sprint in Hochfilzen. Because of success in the German Championship in 1992 he qualified for the world cup in Pokljuka in December 1992. It was the begin-ning of a great run for Sven Fischer's international biathlon career spanned 15 years, during which he won eight Olympic medals and 20 World Championship medals, also winning an individual Olympic gold medal: the sprint event at the 2006 Olympics. Fischer has also won the overall World Cup twice, in 1997 and 1999, in addition to eight seasonal World Cups in various disciplines. He stated on various occasions that going into the woods brought peace to his mind and regenerated his body which he pushed to the limits for he was known to be extremely hard worker. Fischer, who was known for always competing without gloves or a hat, became a bi-athlon commentator for German television after his retirement. He also did occasional motivational speaking.

Participated in

  • Olympic Winter Games Medals (8)
  • Gold Medals (4): Relay Lillehammer 1994; Relay Nagano 1998; Sprint Torino 2006, Relay Torino 2006
  • Silver Medals (2): Sprint Salt Lake City 2002, Relay Salt Lake City 2002
  • Bronze Medals (2): Individual Lillehammer 1

  • IBU World Championships Medals (20)
  • Gold Medals (7): Team Borovets 1993; Relay Antholz-Anterselva 1995; Brezno-Osrblie 1997; Individual Kontiolahti 1999, Mass Start Kontiolahti 1999; Relay Khanty-Mansiysk 2003; Relay Oberhof 2004.
  • Silver Medals (6).

  • BMW IBU World Cup Individual Titles (8)
  • Sprint (4): 1992/1993; 1993/1994; 1998/1999; 2001/2002
  • Pursuit (2): 1997/1998; 2004/2005
  • Mass Start (2): 1998/999; 2000/2001

  • Sprint (13): Kontiolahti 1992/1993; Hinton 1993/1994; Oslo-Holmenkollen 1995/1996; Lillehammer 1996/1997, Nagano 1996/1997; Brezno-Osrblie 1998/1999, Lake Placid 1998/1999, Oslo-Holmenkollen 1998/1999; Ostersund 2001/2002; Ostersund 2002/2003; Oberhof 200