Emma Lunder skis uphill in a biathlon race

Emma Lunder


Emma Lunder moved to Canmore, Alberta to further her biathlon training after her high performance team in Squamish, B.C. lost its funding and coach following the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She joined a local club and qualified for her first international competition, the 2010 Youth World Championships, where she felt immense pride in wearing the maple leaf for the first time. She went on to compete at the 2011 and 2012 Junior World Championships. She also represented Alberta at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, winning silver in the relay and finishing fourth in the sprint. 

Lunder made her World Cup debut in March 2014 in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Named to the national team that year, she had a career breakthrough at the IBU Cup in Canmore in February 2015 when she finished second in the sprint for her first international podium in front of family and friends. 

Lunder encountered some injury troubles just before the 2015 team trials when she fell and tore a tendon and chipped a small bone in her thumb. She spent the entire racing season in a thumb cast, altering her rifle to fit it around the splint and adjusting her poling technique. A fall in a race in 2016 caused a second similar tear, but after a few weeks of rest she was able to continue the season. 

After two seasons of what she calls lackluster racing, Lunder posted her then-best World Cup result in January 2017 when she finished 21st in the 15km individual race in Antholz, Italy after hitting 19 of the 20 targets. She also made her senior IBU World Championships debut in 2017. 

She bettered her career-best World Cup result in December 2017 when she finished 18th in the 10km pursuit in Annecy, France. She went on to make her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, competing in three solo events and finishing 10th with the women’s relay.   

At the 2018-19 season finale in Oslo, Lunder earned her first solo top-10 in a World Cup race, finishing ninth in the 7.5km sprint. During the 2019-20 season, she topped that twice. In January she finished seventh in a 7.5km sprint in Oberhof. In March she was eighth in a 12.5km mass start in Nove Mesto na Morave. She came close to her first World Cup medal when she finished fourth in a single mixed relay in January with Christian Gow. Lunder achieved her new career-best solo World Cup result at the 2021-22 season opener in Oestersund, Sweden when she finished sixth in a 15km individual event.  

Lunder had her best world championship performance in 2021 when she competed in all seven events. She finished 17th in the mass start and 20th in the pursuit to go with eighth place finishes in the mixed relay and single mixed relay. She competed in five events at Beijing 2022, which included another 10th place finish with the women’s 4x6km relay. 

A Little More About Emma

Getting into the Sport: Started cross-country skiing recreationally at age 7… Was introduced to biathlon through Sea Cadets in 2006… Did her first non-cadet biathlon race in 2007 and was invited to join the B.C. provincial team… Deferred university acceptance in 2009 to join the B.C. high performance team… Wasn’t until she graduated high school that she became aware of the IBU and World Cup circuits… Outside Interests: Always has a book on the go… Enjoys playing crib and backgammon or card games with the team… In the off-season likes experimenting with new recipes, going to yoga and dog/cat sitting for friends… Volunteers with the Canmore Food Bank… Athlete ambassador with Fast and Female… Part time barista at Starbucks since 2010… Would like to pursue a career that allows her to help people and share her love of an active lifestyle… Odds and Ends: Good friends with French biathlete Anais Bescond, who trained in Canada in the summer of 2016, allowing them to bond over card games and board games, which continued on the World Cup circuit… Favourite quote: “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor” – Franklin D. Roosevelt…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
PyeongChang 2018BiathlonIndividual 15km - Women54
PyeongChang 2018BiathlonSprint 7.5km - Women54
PyeongChang 2018BiathlonPursuit 10km - Women53
PyeongChang 2018BiathlonRelay 4x6km - Women10
Beijing 2022BiathlonIndividual 15km - Women67
Beijing 2022BiathlonSprint 7.5km - Women32
Beijing 2022BiathlonPursuit 10km - Women54
Beijing 2022BiathlonRelay 4x6km - Women10
Beijing 2022BiathlonRelay 4x6km - Mixed14

Notable International Results

Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - 67th (15km ind.), 32nd (7.5km sprint), 54th (10km pursuit), 10th (4x6km relay), 14th (4x6km mixed relay); 2018 - 54th (15km ind.), 54th (7.5km sprint), 53rd (10km pursuit), 10th (4x6km relay)

IBU World Championships: 2021 - 17th (mass start), 22nd (ind.), 42nd (sprint), 20th (pursuit), 11th (relay), 8th (mixed relay), 8th (single mixed relay); 2020 - 35th (ind.), 35th (sprint), 41st (pursuit), 9th (relay), 14th (mixed relay), 8th (single mixed relay); 2019 - 26th (ind.), 51st (sprint), LAP (pursuit), 14th (relay), 15th (single mixed relay); 2017 - 64th (ind.), 84th (sprint), 16th (relay)

IBU Open European Championships: 2015 - 47th (ind.), 33rd (sprint), 28th (pursuit); 2014 - 38th (ind.), 48th (sprint), 39th (pursuit), 13th (relay); 2013 - 39th (ind.), 42nd (sprint), LAP (pursuit), 8th relay)

IBU Junior World Championships: 2012 - 47th (ind.), 39th (sprint), 44th (pursuit), 14th (relay); 2011 - 52nd (ind.), 31st (sprint), 38th (pursuit), 8th (relay)