Frode Andresen
Frode Andresen (born 9 September 1973 in Rotterdam
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) is a Norwegian
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 biathlete and a cross-country skier. He now resides in Hønefoss
Hønefoss is a city in Buskerud county, Norway, and the center of the municipality of Ringerike.In 1852, Hønefoss received town status and was separated from Norderhov. Hønefoss celebrated its 150th year of township in 2002...

, and trains with the Ringkollen Skiklubb.

Early life

Andresen was born in the Netherlands
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, and lived one year each in Cape Town
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, South Africa
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; Laos
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, Nigeria
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; and Nairobi
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, Kenya
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, because of his parent's careers. They settled in Norway when Frode was four, and a year later he learnt to cross-country ski, taking up biathlon when he was twelve.

Biathlon career

Andresen started competing in 1985 and has 15 World cup victories (as of March 9, 2006). In all Andresen has had 47 podium finishes, 15 1st (including three wins at the Holmenkollen ski festival
Holmenkollen ski festival
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 biathlon competition with two sprint wins (2000, 2001) and one pursuit (2001), 15 2nd and 17 3rd places. On the January 22, 2006, Frode Andresen won the Golden Cup
Golden Cup
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, which is a trophy awarded to the biathlete with the most points during the three world cup events after Christmas
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. Andresen is one of the fastest skiers in the field, but his shooting accuracy is questionable, his 03/04 season shooting statistics were 72% in the prone, and 67% standing, whilst the top biathletes are in the high 80% range.

On the 14 February 2006 Andresen won the bronze medal in the 10 km sprint in the 2006 Winter Olympics
2006 Winter Olympics
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 in a time of 26:31.3, 19.7 seconds behind winner Sven Fischer
Sven Fischer
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 of Germany
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, having missed one target out of ten. This gave him a complete set of medals in his olympic career.

Andresen is currently 8th in the IBU World Cup standings, 236 points behind fellow countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
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. He is in 36th place in the individual standings, 117 points behind Michael Greis
Michael Greis
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 of Germany. He finished the sprint season in 7th place, 45 points behind Tomasz Sikora
Tomasz Sikora
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 of Poland
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. He's sixth in the pursuit, 77 points behind Bjørndalen, and he's 9th in the mass start, 64 points behind Poirée. Norway was fourth in the relay. Biathletes are not awarded points for relays.

Cross-country career

A skilled and versatile skier, Andresen also participates in FIS
International Ski Federation
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 cross-country skiing competitions. One of his best achievements in this sport is the first place in 20 km Freestyle race on 1999 Norwegian national championship which took place in Lillehammer
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  • Frode lives with fellow biathlete Gunn Margit Andreassen
    Gunn Margit Andreassen
    Gunn Margit Aas Andreassen is a Norwegian biathlete.-Biathlon career:She has won two Olympic medals, bronze in Nagano 1998 and silver in Salt Lake City 2002. Both in biathlon relay...

    , and they have a son together, David, who was born around Christmas 2004.

  • He has a degree in economics and lists monitoring the stock market
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     as a hobby of his.

  • Frode is an avid cyclist, coming 26th at the 2002 Norwegian Championships in road cycling.

  • As a child he cracked several teeth while skateboarding.

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