Head 2 Head
Tiril Eckhoff, for many years held the promise of becoming the next great female Norwegian biathlon star after winning three medals in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Gifted with devastating ski speed, Eckhoff’s first BMW IBU World Cup victory came most appropriately in the 2014 Oestersund sprint, where she outran a single penalty. Her second career individual win put the IBU WCH Sprint Gold medal around her neck in her home IBU World Championships at Oslo Holmenkollen, where she also anchored the Women’s Relay Team to victory. The ensuing seasons brought four more victories and two more Olympic medals, but inconsistency on the shooting range remained. Everything changed in the 2019/20 BMW IBU World Cup season. The ever-cheerful Norwegian’s shooting stabilized; she won four consecutive competitions, including a hat-trick sweep at Annecy-Le Grand Bornand while also wearing the Yellow Bib for part of the winter. By the end of the season, she had a career-high seven individual victories, contributed sterling relay legs to Norway’s undefeated season and finished with a lifetime best second place in the World Cup Total Score.
Eckhoff’s bubbly personality and lighthearted attitude make her a fan favorite. Besides spending time with friends and doing a podcast with teammate Ingrid landmark Tandrevold, Eckhoff loves to knit in her spare time.