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Biathlon at the 1988 Winter Olympics


Biathlon at the 1988 Winter Olympics

at the XV Olympic Winter Games
Venue Canmore Nordic Centre
Dates February 20-26
Competitors 90 from 22 nations

Biathlon at the 1988 Winter Olympics consisted of three biathlon events. They were held at the Canmore Nordic Centre, about 100 kilometres from the host city of Calgary. The events began on 20 February and ended on 26 February 1988.[1]

Medal summary

Four nations won medals in biathlon, East Germany leading the medal table with two gold medals, and the Soviet Union winning the most medals with 4 (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). Frank-Peter Roetsch won both individual gold medals, while Valeriy Medvedtsev won three medals, two silvers in the individual events and gold in the relay.

Italy's two medals were the first in biathlon for the country.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 2 0 0 2
2  Soviet Union (URS) 1 2 1 4
3 0 1 0 1
4 0 0 2 2


Event Gold Silver Bronze
56:33.3  Valeriy Medvedtsev
Soviet Union (URS)
56:54.6 57:10.1
25:08.1 25:23.7 25:29.4

Dmitry Vasilyev
Sergei Tchepikov
Aleksandr Popov
Valeriy Medvedtsev
Ernst Reiter
Stefan Höck
Peter Angerer
Fritz Fischer
Werner Kiem
Gottlieb Taschler
Johann Passler
Andreas Zingerle

Participating nations

Twenty-two nations sent biathletes to compete in the events. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1] Guam and Puerto Rico sent biathletes to the Olympics for the first (and as of 2013, only) time.

  •  (6)
  •  (4)
  •  (5)
  • Norway (6)
  •  (1)


  • Official Olympic Report
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