German biathlon competitor who won three gold medals at the 2006 Olympics after beginning his Olympic career in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
He competed in the 2002 Olympics, finishing 15th and 16th in the 10 km sprint and 12.5 km pursuit events in the biathlon.
He was named German sportsman of the year in 2006.
He married Katja Lotter in 2010.
He won gold at the 2006 Olympics where speed skater Apolo Ohno also took home the gold.