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How everything started

Manu und Andrea HenkelOn the first day of school I had to choose extra-curricular activities. I ended up joining three different ones: gymnastics, xc-skiing and the singing club. Step by step I became most committed to xc-ski training, which took place a couple times a week and was a lot of fun. Also my sister, who is three years older, had a lot of xc-ski medals hanging over her bed – which was a pretty attractive decoration to me. One day, when I was 12 years old, I was standing by the rifle storage room and was given an air rifle for the next training session. It was the year Biathlon became a women's Olympic sport. At smaller clubs in former East Germany where boys did biathlon training, all the girls became biathletes as well – and I was one of them.

When Biathlon became serious

At the age of 13, I went to a Sports School where I stayed during the week. Gymnastics and the singing club were history – and trust me, no one wants to listen to me sing anymore. School and training were scheduled perfectly and I loved the life at boarding school. When I was 16, I qualified for the Junior National Team and went to my first of four Junior World Championships. In March of 1995 at the age of 17 I got the chance to race in my first World Cup competition at the Olympic stadium in Lillehammer, Norway.

How Biathlon became my profession

SportkarriereIn 1996 I graduated from high school. As a member of the Junior National Team, I had the opportunity to become a member of the German Army Sports Group, and my training became my job. In November of 1998 I qualified for the World Cup Team, and I remained a member until I retired in March of 2014.


  • Andrea Henkel
  • Andrea Henkel
  • Andrea Henkel
  • Andrea Henkel


Thanks to a lot of training, ambition and the love of this sport, I was able to celebrate some awesome moments. From 2002 to 2014 I went to four Olympic Games and won 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
I also have fond memories from World Championships. I was the first woman in Biathlon who won gold in all four individual races (long distance, sprint, pursuit and mass start).

In total I brought home 8 gold medals, 6 silver and 2 bronze.

During 16 years of racing at the World Cup level I won 46 times, finished second 38 times and finished third 22 times in individual or relay races. In 2007 I won the big globe for the Overall World Cup title, as well as the little globe for the long distance discipline title.






Andrea Burke
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Thanks also to all partners who have supported me throughout my career and accompanied:

Rinn, Techem, E.ON, Bundeswehr, Deutsche Sporthilfe, Deutscher Skiverband, Dunlopillo, AM Sport, Sanopin, Eunova, Netto, Creaton, Kahla Porzellan, Nutrition finetuning, Wiegand Glas, Küchen Ehle


My new life...

… meanwhile my name is Andrea Burke. I live in Lake Placid, NY, home of the winter olympics in 1932 and 1980. Here I am building up a new career as a Personal Trainer. With all my experience as a former olympic athlete and the knowledge developed through different courses and education programs, I help my clients reach their personal fitness goals.


More soon at: www.andrea-burke.com