Tiril Eckhoff became Norway’s golden girl of biathlon in 2016 when she captured two gold medals on her home trails of Oslo at world championships.
Two years earlier in her first Olympic appearance, Eckhoff took home three medals for Norway. In Sochi she won mixed relay gold and bronze in the women’s relay, but surprised everyone when she won her second bronze in the mass start. It put Eckhoff on the map as Norway’s next Nordic threat.
In 26 starts during the 2017 World Cup season, Eckhoff would top the podium twice for gold, once in the sprint and again, back on the home snow in Oslo, in the mass start.
Her brother Stian, who also has World Cup gold medals in the sprint, coaches Tiril and the rest of the women’s biathlon team for Norway.
During the 2017 off season, Eckhoff was diagnosed with double vision, never before realizing what she was seeing through her rifle scope was not normal.