When Vancouver was awarded the bid to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Megan Heinicke couldn’t imagine that it would be realistic for her to be competing on the world’s biggest stage in almost her own backyard. Yet seven years later there she was. Heinicke (then competing under her maiden name Tandy) ended the Games as the top-ranked Canadian female biathlete and was the first Canadian woman to compete in the Olympic pursuit event.
Following the Vancouver Games, Heinicke got married and had her first child, leading to her taking the 2010-11 season away from biathlon. She returned to the World Cup circuit in 2011-12 and has competed at the last two world championships.
Finished 4th in 4x6km relay (with Megan Imrie, Rosanna Crawford, Zina Kocher) at World Cup in Annecy (December 12, 2013)…
Family: Husband iLmar Heinicke is also her coach… Son Predo Emil Heinicke (born November 15, 2010)… Getting into the Sport: First tried biathlon when she was 12 on a recreational level… Began to train seriously at age 16… Loves the challenge of balancing the contrast between skiing quickly and shooting calmly… Outside Interests: Plays the flute… Enjoys reading a good book… Studying long distance through Athabasca University for interest and enjoyment… Odds and Ends: Always travels with one of her son’s t-shirts… Brings her own kettle and tea on the road… Collects boxes of matches from her travels around the world… Favourite quote: “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Olympic Winter Games: 2010 – 50th (15km individual), 46th (7.5km sprint), 36th (10km pursuit), 15th (4x6km relay)
IBU World Championships: 2013 – 50th (15km individual), 54th (7.5km sprint), 44th (10km pursuit), 12th (4x6km relay); 2012 – 30th (15km individual), 52nd (7.5km sprint), 42nd (10km pursuit), 13th (4x6km relay); 2009 – 53rd (15km individual), 71st (7.5km sprint), 9th (4x6km relay); 2008 – 70th (15km individual), 77th (7.5km sprint), 19th (4x6km relay)