Anton Shipulin Calls it a Career
Anton Shipulin announced his retirement at a Moscow press conference on Christmas Day, 25 December 2018. The Russian hangs up his rifle after a World Cup career that spanned almost 10 years, racing at the World Team Challenge in Schalke (GER) for the last time on 29 December 2018.
The 31 year old's World Cup career began with an inauspicious 72nd place at Oberhof in 2009, just over a year after he won three Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 2008 IBU YJWCH in Ruhpolding. The next season, he became a World Cup regular for the next eight seasons. Over that span he had 11 World Cup victories, 14 second places, and 19 third places and 10 relay wins, one mixed relay win and 15 additional podiums.
Shipulin was always at his best in Antholz where he won five times. In 2013, he won the sprint the day after his sister Anastasiya Kuzmina won the women’s sprint, making them the only brother-sister duo to accomplish that feat.
At IBU World Championshipsm, Shipulin won four individual medals (two Silver, two Bronze) and three relay medals (Gold and Silver in the men's relay and Bronze in the Mixed Relay) and has a bronze and gold medal at Olympic Winter Games to his name, both in the men's relay (2010 and 2014). The 31 year old finished in the Top 3 of the Overall World Cup score in three successive seasons (2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017). With his tenacity, Shipulin was made for the anchor spot in the relay team.
Shipulin missed the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018; he was not invited by the IOC to compete for the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR). In December 2018, Austrian authorities notified Shipulin along with four other Russian athletes that he is under investigation based on fraud in connection with doping.
During his years as professional biathlete, Shipulin spent much time building up his charity "Fond Shipulin", providing sporting equipment and oppurtunities for young children in orphanages.