Bjørndalen has won five Olympic Gold medals (more than anyone in biathlon), and nine World Championship gold medals. In addition, he has a record 77 individual Biathlon World Cup victories, and became the first biathlete ever to win a FIS Cross Country World Cup race, in Gällivare, Sweden in 2006. He is also the only biathlete who has won every singles event during the same Winter Olympic Games, in Salt Lake City 2002, and just the third Olympian to win four gold medals during the same Winter Games.
He lives in the village of Toblach in Italian South Tyrol and Obertilliach in Austria.
As of February 2007, Bjørndalen has won five Olympic gold medals, three Olympic silver, one Olympic bronze, nine World Championship gold medals, seven silver, and eight bronze, and a record high of 72 individual Biathlon World Cup wins , the most of any biathlete to date. He has won the World Cup four times (1997/1998, 2002/2003, 2004/2005, and 2005/2006, finished second four times 1998/1999, 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2003/2004, and third once 2001/2002. In his first season (1992/1993) he finished 62nd, the season after, 30th and the season after that, 4th. When winning the overall world cup in 1998, at the age of 24, he actually won all that is possible in biathlon in one season - world championships gold medal, olympic gold medal and the overall world cup title. His World Cup podium record is 120 (more than 120 including the victory and the podiums in cross-country) podium finishes, 73 1st places, 32 2nd places, and 19 3rd places. He is the only biathlete ever to win all four biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City Games). This encompasses the sprint, pursuit, individual, and relay events, the latter together with three other participants (The first mass start only began in the 2006 Winter Olympics). He has said his target is to win nine Olympic gold medals before he, if he choses to follow the current plan, retires after the 2010 Games in Vancouver. According to his wife, Nathalie Santer, and himself, as long as he is healthy and has the energy and motivation, he could even race until 2014. Bjørndalen's 73 World Cup victories (including the one in Cross Country) is nine ahead of Annemarie Moser-Pröll and he is now chasing Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86 World Cup victories.
Bjørndalen occasionally competes in cross country races, and has raced in World Championships before. During the off season in April, the Norwegian Skarverennet takes place, a 38km race in the mountains between Finse and Ustaoset. Bjørndalen has competed in this competition, in 2005 he came 12th, and in 2006 he won the race in a time of 1:31.25, one second ahead of Frode Andresen, and seven seconds ahead of third place Kristen Skjeldal. For his accomplishments in biathlon and cross-country skiing, Bjørndalen received the Egebergs Ærespris in 2002. In 1993, at the age of 19, Bjørndalen has become the first biathlete ever to win a grand slam by winning all 3 possible gold medals on the Juniour Biathlon World Championships.
Bjørndalen uses Madshus skis, boots, and poles. He uses Rottefella NNN bindings. His gloves and base layer are from Odlo, and he uses Casco glasses.
During the off-season in 2006 Bjørndalen was testing a new ski boot that had a high heel in the Torsby ski tunnel with boot maunfacturers Madshus. The theory is that it forces the knee more forward for better position and it incorporates the large gluteal muscles.