Björn Ferry

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Björn Ferry
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Björn Ferry during World Cup competitions in Pokljuka, Slovenia in March 2014.
Personal information
Full nameBjörn Ferry
Born (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978 (age 41)
Stensele, Sweden
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Professional information
Sport Biathlon
World Cup debut6 December 2001
Retired23 March 2014
Olympic Games
Teams4 (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams11 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons13 (2001/02–2013/14)
Individual victories7
All victories9
Individual podiums22
All podiums31

Björn Ferry (born 1 August 1978 in Stensele, Västerbotten County) is a former Swedish biathlete and medal winning Olympian. He began competing internationally in World Cup competitions in 2001, but did not win his first international race until the 2007–2008 season. In 2007, he won gold in the mixed relay event at the Biathlon World Championships. The next year, at his third Winter Olympics appearance, he won the gold medal in the pursuit event. He started the event in 8th place as determined by the previous sprint event, but managed to overtake the race leader on the final lap.



Ferry debuted in the World Cup in Hochfilzen in 2001, and earned his first World Cup points after only skiing three races. He finished his first season ranked 36th in World Cup standings. In World Cup competition, he slowly improved his ranking, and by the 2006–2007 season was ranked in the top ten worldwide. His first Olympic appearance, at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, was disappointing, but four years later at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy he was a member of a Swedish relay team that placed fourth, just off the medal stand. [1]

Ferry has seen some of his strongest efforts and best finishes in Italy, even beyond the 2006 success. His first two World Cup victories both came in the pursuit in Antholz-Anterselva, in the 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 seasons. In 2007, he won a gold medal in the mixed relay in the 2007 World Championships alongside Helena Jonsson, Anna Carin Olofsson, and Carl Johan Bergman. Although his 2009–2010 season was lackluster, and Ferry saw his ranking drop from 9th to 16th place in the World Cup, Ferry was again selected for the Swedish team for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In the pursuit event held on February 16, Ferry finished in first place, winning the gold medal after catching and passing the race leader on the final lap of the race. [1] He beat second-place finisher Christoph Sumann of Austria by only 16.5 seconds. The victory marked the first Olympic biathlon gold for a Swedish athlete in a half-century. [2]

Ferry practices with the Storuman IK club. His personal coach was German Wolfgang Pichler [1] until Pichler left his role as coach of the Swedish biathlon team in 2010. He subsequently described the atmosphere in the team under Pichler as being like a cult, although he praised Pichler for the energy he brought to the role. [3]

In March 2014, Ferry confirmed that he would be retiring from the sport at the end of the 2013–14 season. [4]

Opposition to doping

Ferry has been outspoken in his opposition to the use of banned substances by athletes who participate in international competition, a practice known as doping. In 2009, he was quoted referring to Russian athletes who had used such substances as 'idiots' and received a number of death threats.[ citation needed ] During the 2010 winter Olympics, he was quoted saying he would not mind if athletes who use banned substances would get the death penalty or, "at least lots of kicks in the balls." [5] [6] Further comments referred to dopers as people with low moral standards and suggested that the problem of use of banned substances in sport would not go away until more severe penalties were imposed.

Personal life

Ferry is married to arm wrestler Heidi Andersson, who has won multiple world championships in arm wrestling. [2] [7] In November 2017, he announced he'd given up flying because of the environment. [8]

In March and April 2018, SVT aired programme series Storuman Forever , depicting the Heidi Andersson and Björn Ferry couple's climate engagement. [9] [10]

Flygskam , translating as ‘Flight Shame’, or ‘Flight Conscience’, a social pressure not to fly because of the rising greenhouse gas emissions of the airline industry, was originally championed by Björn Ferry but has since gained considerable momentum after Thunberg’s refusal to fly on environmental grounds. Sweden has reported a 4% drop in domestic travel for 2019 and a 9% increase in rail use. The BBC claims that the movement could halve the growth of global air travel, but Airbus and Boeing claim that it will continue to grow at around 4% until 2035. [11] [12]

Biathlon results

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union. [1]

Olympic Games

1 medal (1 gold)

EventIndividualSprintPursuitMass startRelayMixed relay
Flag of the United States.svg 2002 Salt Lake City 38th17th24thN/A14thN/A
Flag of Italy.svg 2006 Turin 28th13th25th18th4thN/A
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2010 Vancouver 42nd8thGold12th4thN/A
Flag of Russia.svg 2014 Sochi 12th25th30th12th10th
*Mass start was added as an event in 2006, with the mixed relay being added in 2014.

World Championships

3 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

EventIndividualSprintPursuitMass startRelayMixed relay
Flag of Norway.svg 2002 Oslo Holmenkollen N/AN/AN/A28thN/AN/A
Flag of Russia.svg 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 32nd43rd36th7thN/A
Flag of Germany.svg 2004 Oberhof 31stDNF6thN/A
Flag of Austria.svg 2005 Hochfilzen 52nd17th16th18th7th13th
Flag of Italy.svg 2007 Antholz-Anterselva 14th4th22nd15th7thGold
Flag of Sweden.svg 2008 Östersund 27th15th18th9th6th4th
Flag of South Korea.svg 2009 Pyeongchang 40th31st9th
Flag of Russia.svg 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ABronze
Flag of Russia.svg 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk 5th23rd10th27th4th4th
Flag of Germany.svg 2012 Ruhpolding 48th7th11thSilver16th4th
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2013 Nové Město 5th13th9th8th11th14th
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**The mixed relay was added as an event in 2005.

Individual victories

7 victories (2 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 MS)

1 victory
(1 Pu)
19 January 2008 Flag of Italy.svg Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
1 victory
(1 Pu)
24 January 2009 Flag of Italy.svg Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
1 victory
(1 Pu)
16 February 2010 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Vancouver 12.5 km pursuit Winter Olympic Games
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 Pu)
18 December 2010 Flag of Slovenia.svg Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
16 January 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Ruhpolding 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
6 March 2014 Flag of Slovenia.svg Pokljuka 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
9 March 2014 Flag of Slovenia.svg Pokljuka 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.

Cross-country skiing results

World Cup career
Seasons 20002001
Indiv. podiums0
Team podiums0
Indiv. starts5
Team starts3
Overall titles0
Discipline titles0

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS). [13]

World Cup

Season standings

 Season  Age Season standings
OverallLong DistanceMiddle DistanceSprint
2000 22NCNCNC
2001 23NCN/AN/A

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