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Ten things you should know about Martin Fourcade.

The Julbo athlete totally dominated the Oslo Worlds with four titles (Mixed Relay – Sprint – Pursuit – Individual) and silver in the Mass Start. Before a stress-free World Cup final (he already has the overall title in the bag), we review this phenomenal sportsman.

Ten things you should know about Martin Fourcade.

Ten things you should know about Martin Fourcade.

1. Sinusitis to start the season…

Before the World Championships, the French team was training in Norway. Martin Fourcade had sinusitis and poor tests on skis threw the French team staff into a panic. Order was quickly restored however - the skis he was using weren't the right ones.


2. Sunglasses in his name

Closely involved in product development, he helped design the pro model he was wearing in Oslo. Sunglasses signed by Martin Fourcade that go on sale from November.


3. Say 49...

At the World Cup finals in Khanty-Mansiysk, he could bag his 50th World Cup victory. In the history of skiing, he's the fourth most successful athlete behind the Norwegian Ole Einar Björndalen (95 wins), and Alpine skiers Ingemar Stenmark from Sweden (86) and American Lindsey Vonn (76). 


4. Biathlon as far as Ethiopia?

Between the two race weeks, Martin Fourcade was congratulated (via video) by world athletics legend, Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.


5. Bouthiaux could have been a cyclist 

Stéphane Bouthiaux, his trainer dating back to his junior days, could have chosen a path other than snow. A few years ago, he was one of the best cyclists in Franche-Comté and could have embarked on a professional career.


6. Made in Jura

It's not just Martin Fourcade's Julbo sunglasses that are made in the Jura. The same goes for his rifle, carefully crafted by Franck Badiou, Olympic silver medalist in 1992 in the 10 meter air rifle discipline.

7. A fan of cycling and the diversity of biathlon...

Although a big cycling fan (he's met Jean-Christophe Péraud, runner-up in the 2014 Tour de France), he couldn't imagine himself being a professional cyclist. "I like the diversity in my sport. To train I can run, cycle or work at my shooting. It's never the same thing. I couldn't have practiced the same sport every day for 11 months of the year."


8. A life in yellow

The Presque Isle stage marked his hundredth day wearing the World Cup leader's yellow bib. Almost a second skin.


9.Björndalen, the Norwegian uncle 

He was just four years old when Ole Einar Björndalen (winning bronze behind him in the Mass Start) climbed on a World Cup podium for the first time (winter 1992-1993).


10. Mr social media 

With 324,327 fans on Facebook, 80,946 followers on Twitter and 136,000 on Instagram, he's the most followed French skier on self-managed social media.

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