Anaïs Bescond or the art of ambitious wisdom in biathlon

At the end of these Beijing 2022 Olympics (February 4 to 20), Anais Bescond will buckle his fifteen years of career – possible sporting retirement still pending – on the great world circuit of biathlon. And since its baptism of fire, in March 2007 in Oslo-Holmenkollen, the Jurassienne has become a accustomed to medals on the podiums from all over the planet (world cup, world championships, Olympic Games).

On the list of Anaïs Bescond: 14 individual medalsincluding one win; 43 in relay with the Blues, including 13 times on the highest step synonym, in 2016 and 2018, supreme titles in mixed relayrespectively at the world championships and the Pyeongchang Olympics.

From the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea, Anaïs Bescond is squarely back with no less than three medals around the neck : bronze also, twice, with the French Women’s Relay and on the Pursuit Ladies.

Undoubtedly the most symbolic and moving of Anaïs Bescond’s entire life as a biathlete, this solo olympic medalafter two very frustrating and bitter fifth places in 2014 in Sochi for his first Olympics.

The only one of the ten French biathletes to already have an individual medal at the Olympic Games, before Beijing 2022

So, to 34 years old today and even soon 35 (this May 15): it is without negative pressurebut still not without ambition, that the Franc-Comtoise intends to take full advantage of these Beijing 2022 Olympics. In all wisdom, with her soothing status as an individual Olympic medalist, unlike the nine other selected France of Biathlon on track this year.

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Anaïs Bescond also points serenely in the Top 10 of the general classification of the current world cup seasonthanks in particular to its two winter podiums (twice 2nd) when she had not been on “the box” alone since March 2020.

Listen to the report by Julien Laurent, with Anaïs Bescond

Anaïs Bescond’s prize list

  • Olympic Games : bronze medal (Pursuit), medal ofTeam Gold (Mixed Relay)team bronze medal (Women’s Relay) in 2018 / 2 x 5th (Individual and Sprint), 11th (Mass Start), 12th (Pursuit), 6th by team (Mixed Relay) in 2014
  • vice world champion 2016 (Individual – 15 km)

  • 3 x bronze medalist at the world championships (2019, Sprint and Pursuit / 2021, Mass Start)
  • 1 World Cup victory (2014, Anterselva Sprint)

  • 8 World Cup podiums* (7 x 2nd, including 2 in 2021-2022 / 1 x 3rd)
  • 10th overall in the World Cup (as of January 23, 2022), 7th (2018), 9th (2016), 12th (2015)
  • 2016 world team champion (mixed relay)
  • 5 x vice world champion by team (Women’s Relay and Mixed Relay) 2015 and (Women’s Relay) 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • Medal of team bronze (Single Mixed Relay) at the 2020 World Championships
  • 34 podiums, including 11 team victories (women’s relay and mixed relay) in the world cup*

* (excluding world championships and Olympic Games)

Anaïs Bescond’s schedule for the 2022 Beijing Olympics

  • Saturday February 5, 10 a.m.* (French time) = Mixed Relay/4×6 km
  • Monday February 7, 10 a.m. = Individual-15 km Female
  • Friday February 11, 10 a.m. = Women’s Sprint-7.5 km
  • Sunday February 13, 10 a.m. = Pursuit-12.5 km Women
  • Wednesday February 16, 8:45 a.m. = Women’s Relay/4×6 km
  • Saturday February 19, 10 a.m. = Mass Start-12.5 km Women

* French time (+ 7h in Beijing)

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