Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) won four medals during the 2016 IBU World Championships on home turf in Oslo. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) won four medals during the 2016 IBU World Championships on home turf in Oslo. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) keeps racing through the 2018 Olympic season and is becoming a dad.

The King of Biathlon announced today that he is both continuing his career for at least two more years to and he is also becoming a father, expecting a baby with Ukraine biathlete Daria Domratcheva in October. Bjørndalen announced both today at a press conference in Oslo (NOR).

“I look forward to start a new season. The reason I’m continuing is that I am extremely motivated, just as motivated as when I was 20 years old,” Bjørndalen said.

“A lot of media and experts said I should quit while ahead, but its really not a topic for me. Both in 2012 and 2013 I had really tough seasons. I didn’t listen to them, and kept pushing,” Bjørndalen said.

“We are very happy that Ole Einar has decided to continue his career. His experience is of course very valuable to us and the Norwegian national team. At the same time, we are constantly impressed that Ole Einar stays motivated to pursue two more years and pushing the limits and chasing gold,” says Morten Aa Djupvik, Norwegian national team director.

Madshus is excited that Bjørndalen has decided to continue his career, and congratulating the couple on the expected addition to the family.