Biathlon in France : key dates
Biathlon really took off in 1960 when it became an Olympic sport at the Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley. At the time, heavy military weapons were used, limiting wider participation.
In France, the sport was slow to develop, despite the efforts of the customs services and the army.
1981 – Yvon Mougel (3rd) wins the first French world championship medal in Lahti (Finland).
1990-1991 – Biathlon World Cup in Les Saisies, a test event for the Albertville Winter Olympics.
1991 – Hervé FLANDIN wins in Canmore (Canada). This was the first win in a World Cup for a French Nordic skier.
1992 – Victory in the women’s relay for CLAUDEL, NIOGRET and BRIAND at the Albertville Winter Olympics This was the first French Olympic medal for women in biathlon.
1995 – Le Grand-Bornand organises the first European championships in its history.
2000 – Raphaël POIRÉE wins the first of 8 world titles in Oslo. He won 44 races in the World Cup and ended his career in 2007 in Le Grand-Bornand.
2003 – Sylvie BECAERT, from Le Grand-Bornand, becomes World Sprint Champion.
2006 – Four medals, including two golds (BAVEREL and DEFRASNE), at the Turin Winter Olympics.
2013 – First World Cup in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand.
2017 – Martin FOURCADE wins the World Cup general classification for the sixth time. To his name, he has 63 victories, 11 world titles and two Olympic titles.