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Bjorndalen says no offers to take helm of Russian men’s biathlon team

May 01, 23:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Norwegian News Agency reported earlier that Bjorndalen may become the Russian team’s senior coach

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MOSCOW, May 1. /TASS/. Norway’s legendary biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who retired from sports in April, has not received any offers from the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) to take the helm of the Russian men’s biathlon team, as he himself said.

The Norwegian News Agency reported earlier that Bjorndalen may become the Russian team’s senior coach. According to the agency, Bjorndalen is one of the main candidates for the job, since the RBU has not offered a new contract to Germany’s Ricco Gross.

However, sources in the RBU declined to comment on this information to TASS.

Bjorndalen said he had considered the possibility of becoming a coach but he wasn’t ready to make a final decision.

Gross became the senior coach of the Russian men's biathlon squad in August 2015. The RBU earlier declared that the national team’s performance in the 2017-18 season had been unsatisfactory. Men’s team won only two golds during the World Cup competitions, while female biathletes failed to take any medals.

Bjorndalen is the most decorated biathlete in history. Over the course of his career, he won 12 Olympic medals, including eight golds, four silvers and one bronze.

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