Liv Grete Skjelbreid Poirée (born 7.7.1974)
Liv Grete started her carrier with a tied 4. place in the lit-skiing cup at Holdhus
in the class for 5-6 year olds in 1980. I 1987 she was by far the best in Western Norway in
her class (12-13 years) and won two West Norwegian Champion-titles.
Norwegian championships:She won her first Norwegian championship gold-medals
already in 1994 - in the relay and the team event. In 1997 she started winning individual
gold medals and has since become the queen of the Norwegian championships, with 13 individual
gold medals. Liv Grete made it on to the elite team in 1995. The same year she won her first
individual medal in the Norwegian championships with a silver medal on the sprint, and she made
her world cup-debut.
World Cup:The big breakthrough in the world cup came in the 1998/99 season.
On the 15 January she made it on to the podium for the first time when she came second on the 15 km
in Anterselva in Italy. The next year she made it to the top in Oberhof in Germany. From then
she has won 17 individual world cup races, and came second in the world cup overall both in 2000/01
Olympics: Liv Grete has taken part in two olympic games. In Nagano in 1998
she won a bronze medal in the relay together with Ann-Elen. In Salt Lake City she became the first
Norwegian woman to win an individual medal in olympic biathlon when she came second in the opening
15 km. She also won a silver in the relay, once again together with her older sister.
World championships:Liv Grete came 7th on the sprint already in Ruhpolding in 1996.
The next year she was part of the gold medal-winning team in the team event, and won silver medal in the relay.
2000 in Oslo was Liv Grete's championships with a double gold medal - the sprint and the mass start.
She achieved this in a season when she had been ill for a long time. The next year she got both a
gold, silver and bronze in Pokljuka, and won the pursuit. This year she is competing again after her
maternal leave, stronger than ever!