Biathlete, environmentalist, gold medal winner, father, part time Christmas tree decorator and M16 Quartermaster, Björn Ferry is one of the most unique characters currently on the World Cup Tour. Born on August 1st 1978 in Stensele, Sweden he began competing internationally in World Cup competitions in 2001.
However it took him about 6 years to win his first international race in the 2007/2008 season. He then went on to win gold in the mixed relay event at the Biathlon World Championships in 2007, bronze in the mixed relay in 2010 and silver in the Mass Start in 2012. He also won an Olympic Gold in the Pursuit event in Vancouver 2010 coming from an 8th place start to take the victory.
Married to multiple World Championship winning arm wrestler Heidi Andersson, Bjorn now has a young son and lives in Storuman in the North of Sweden. His love of the environment and in particular his “deep rooted” love of trees led him to buy some land with its own forest and so he can indulge in one of his favourite activities- counting trees! His lists his other interests as hunting, heavy metal music and politics as well as his strong beliefs on the environment.
Ferry has never been scared of sharing his opinion and has been especially outspoken on the subject of doping within the sport. He was highly critical of the Russian athletes in 2009 and made his feelings pretty clear at the last Olympics on what he felt about people caught doping
Last season wasn’t the best for Ferry or indeed any of the Swedish team. With no wins all season and no podium in their home race in Ostersund the Swedish coach unsurprisingly resigned. With only 1 medal in Nove Mesto coming from Lindstrom, a bronze in the Individual, what are Ferry and the team’s hopes in Sochi?
Well you don’t just become a bad athlete overnight and everyone can have a difficult season. Finishing 6th in the Individual standings last year and current holder of an Olympic gold you can’t rule Bjorn out of an individual medal in Sochi. Elsewhere there may be chances of a medal in the Relay event too as there is still a lot of talent in the Swedish squad. Don’t forget that that Björn is still a Ferry Good biathlete!
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