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Ricco Groß

Ricco Groß German biathlete

German biathlete
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Quick Facts
Intro German biathlete
A.K.A. Ricco Gross
Is Athlete Biathlete Sports coach Biathlon coach Soldier Sports commentator
From Germany
Type Journalism Military Sports
Gender male
Birth 22 August 1970, Bad Schlema, Germany
Age: 49 years
Star sign LeoLeo
Residence Ruhpolding, Germany
Family
Children: Marco Groß
Stats
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 75 kg
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Biography

Ricco Groß (also spelled Gross, born 22 August 1970) is a former German biathlete whose exploits made him one of the most successful biathletes of all time at the Winter Olympics and the World Championships.

Career

He has been married to his wife Kathrin since 1994 and they have three sons: Marco (born 1995), Simon (b. 1998), and Gabriel (b. 2004). He is a Hauptfeldwebel (Sergeant First Class) in the German Bundeswehr.

Groß started out as a cross-country skier but switched to biathlon at the age of 13. He made his World Cup debut at the age of 20. His first club was the SG Dynamo Klingenthal until 1991. In the Biathlon World Cup of 1997/1998, he came second in the overall competition. In the biathlon competition at the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics, he won gold medals as part of the men's 4 × 7.5 km relay team. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in the 4 × 7.5 km relay for men the German team won silver and at the 12.5 km pursuit for men, he won bronze for himself. He took a total of eight Olympic medals during his career, including four relay golds.

In the Biathlon World Championships sprint (10 km) he won bronze in 1995, and silver in 2003 and 2004. In 1999, 2003, and 2004, he won gold in the pursuit (12.5 km). In the individual (20 km), he won gold in 1997, silver in 1999, and bronze in 2003 and 2005. He took a total of nine World Championship titles. Groß took a total of 53 individual podium finishes in World Cup competition, including nine race wins.

After retiring from competition Groß settled in Ruhpolding. He has worked as a commentator on biathlon for German television and was appointed as coach of the German women's biathlon team in 2010. He was subsequently announced as senior trainer for the German IBU Cup team in April 2014. In August 2015 he became a senior coach for the Russian men's biathlon squad, agreeing a contract up to the 2017-18 season. In this role he guided the team to the 2016-17 relay World Cup title. In May 2018, Groß was announced as head coach for the Austrian men's biathlon team.

Biathlon results

All results are sourced from the International Biathlon Union.

Olympic Games

8 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Relay
1992 Albertville Silver N/A N/A Gold
1994 Lillehammer Silver N/A N/A Gold
1998 Nagano 6th 17th N/A N/A Gold
2002 Salt Lake City 4th 4th Bronze N/A Silver
2006 Turin 11th 6th 12th Gold
*Pursuit was added as an event in 2002, with mass start being added in 2006.

World Championships

20 medals (9 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze)

Event Individual Sprint Pursuit Mass start Team Relay Mixed relay
1991 Lahti 16th N/A N/A 4th Gold N/A
1993 Borovets 6th 64th N/A N/A N/A
1995 Antholz-Anterselva 55th Bronze N/A N/A 14th Gold N/A
1996 Ruhpolding 9th 12th N/A N/A 6th Silver N/A
1997 Brezno-Osrblie Gold 34th 26th N/A Gold N/A
1998 Pokljuka N/A N/A 7th N/A Silver N/A N/A
1999 Kontiolahti Silver 6th Gold 8th N/A 4th N/A
2000 Oslo Holmenkollen 9th 7th 18th 6th N/A Bronze N/A
2001 Pokljuka 7th 27th 14th 4th N/A 12th N/A
2002 Oslo Holmenkollen N/A N/A N/A 11th N/A N/A N/A
2003 Khanty-Mansiysk Bronze Silver Gold 22nd N/A Gold N/A
2004 Oberhof 4th Silver Gold 29th N/A Gold N/A
2005 Hochfilzen Bronze 7th 6th 7th N/A 6th Bronze
2006 Pokljuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10th
2007 Antholz-Anterselva 9th N/A Bronze
*During Olympic seasons competitions are only held for those events not included in the Olympic program.
**Team was removed as an event in 1998, and pursuit was added in 1997 with mass start being added in 1999 and the mixed relay in 2005.

Individual victories

9 victories (3 In, 1 Sp, 4 Pu, 1 MS)

Season Date Location Discipline Level
1996–97
2 victories
(2 In)
9 January 1997 Ruhpolding 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
7 February 1997 Brezno-Osrblie 20 km individual Biathlon World Championships
1997–98
1 victory
(1 In)
3 March 1998 Pokljuka 20 km individual Biathlon World Cup
1998–99
1 victory
(1 Pu)
13 February 1999 Kontiolahti 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
1999–2000
2 victories
(1 Sp, 1 MS)
12 January 2000 Ruhpolding 15 km mass start Biathlon World Cup
15 January 2000 Ruhpolding 10 km sprint Biathlon World Cup
2002–03
1 victory
(1 Pu)
16 March 2003 Khanty-Mansiysk 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
2003–04
1 victory
(1 Pu)
8 February 2004 Oberhof 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Championships
2005–06
1 victory
(1 Pu)
20 January 2006 Antholz-Anterselva 12.5 km pursuit Biathlon World Cup
*Results are from UIPMB and IBU races which include the Biathlon World Cup, Biathlon World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games.
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References
http://www.olympic.org/ricco-gross
https://web.archive.org/web/20140315172116/http://www.olympic.org/ricco-gross
https://web.archive.org/web/20151208072334/http://www3.biathlonworld.com/en/press_releases/do/detail.html?presse=2560
http://www3.biathlonworld.com/en/press_releases/do/detail.html?presse=2560
https://www.biathlonworld.com/news/detail/coaching-carousel-part-2-moves-in-austria-switzerland-france-and-russia
https://web.archive.org/web/20190421140851/https://www.biathlonworld.com/news/detail/coaching-carousel-part-2-moves-in-austria-switzerland-france-and-russia
https://web.archive.org/web/20141226052021/http://www2.biathlonworld.com/en/press_releases.html/do/detail?presse=2210
http://www5.biathlonworld.com/en/press_releases.html/do/detail?presse=2210
https://web.archive.org/web/20150717004658/http://services.biathlonresults.com/athletes.aspx?IbuId=BTGER12208197001
http://services.biathlonresults.com/athletes.aspx?IbuId=BTGER12208197001
http://www.ricco-gross.de/
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