Nathan Smith made history at the 2015 World Championships where he became Canada’s first male biathlete to win a world medal when he took silver in the 10km sprint. Later that season, he became just the second Canadian man to stand on a World Cup biathlon podium when he won gold in a 12.5km pursuit.
In 2016, he made more history with Brendan Green, Christian Gow and Scott Gow as they won bronze in the 4×7.5km relay for Canada’s first ever relay medal at the biathlon world championships. But Smith had a tough year in 2016-17. After competing at the first World Cup of the season in Sweden, he felt low in energy and was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus. He spent the entire winter at home doing light training and by March was strong enough to return to competition at the World Cup that doubled as the Olympic test event.
Smith had first represented Canada internationally at the world junior championships in 2002. Three years later he stood on the world junior championship podium after winning bronze in the 4×7.5km relay. Considered somewhat of a long shot to make the 2014 Olympic team, he decided to push the envelope in training, figuring it would either work in his favour or he would “crash and burn”. He qualified for Sochi 2014 where he helped the men’s relay team to a Canadian Olympic best-ever seventh place finish and tied the Canadian Olympic best-ever finish in the 12.5km pursuit.
A little more about Nathan
Getting into the Sport: Started competing in biathlon at age 10… Was a cross-country skier with Foothills Nordic but they also had a biathlon program which he found more exciting… Recalls watching the Olympic Games in the 1990s and thinking the athletes were shooting out light bulbs because he had no idea what biathlon was… Outside Interests: While travelling enjoys binge-watching TV shows… During the off-season enjoys woodworking and building things in his garage… Working towards a degree in Environmental Science through the University of Calgary and Athabasca University… Odds and Ends: Has some favourite pairs of socks that he believes makes him fast… Role model is 13-time Olympic medallist biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen who is very focused and always looking for ways to improve his performance…
|2014 Sochi||Biathlon||Sprint 10km - Men||13|
|2014 Sochi||Biathlon||Mass Start 15km - Men||DNF|
|2014 Sochi||Biathlon||Individual 20km - Men||25|
|2014 Sochi||Biathlon||Pursuit 12.5km - Men||11|
|2014 Sochi||Biathlon||Relay 4x7.5km - Men||7|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2014 – 25th (20km individual), 13th (10km sprint), 11th (12.5km pursuit), DNF (15km mass start), 7th (4x7.5km relay)
IBU World Championships: 2016 – 42nd (20km individual), 46th (10km sprint), 15th (12.5km pursuit), BRONZE (4x75km relay), 11th (mixed relay); 2015 - 44th (20km individual), SILVER (10km sprint), 13th (12.5km pursuit), 23rd (15km mass start), 19th (4x7.5km relay), 12th (mixed relay); 2013 – 63rd (20km individual), 73rd (10km sprint), 8th (4x7.5km relay); 2012 – 61st (20km individual), 45th (10km sprint), 43rd (12.5km pursuit), 13th (4x7.5km relay), 18th (mixed relay); 2011 – 85th (20km individual), 67th (10km sprint), 11th (4x7.5km relay); 2008 – 81st (20km individual), 92nd (10km sprint), 21st (4x7.5km relay)