Legendary Norwegian biathlete Halvard Hanevold, who during his career three times up to the highest step of the podium of the Olympic games, Tuesday, September 3, was found dead in his home, reports “Russian conversation”.

The death of the athlete was confirmed by the head of the Norwegian biathlon Union Arne Horten, calling today’s a sad day for the Norwegian biathlon.

The veteran left a wife and two children. What was the cause of death, not yet reported.

The first gold of the Olympics Hanevold took in 1998, when triumphal in the individual race. Then at the Olympics in 2002 and 2010 he won as part of the Norwegian relay team.

Well-known Russian commentator Dmitry Guberniev called a shock information about the death of a biathlete.

“Halvar? In 49 years? Can’t believe it… the Bright memory!” – the journalist wrote in his Instagram account.

Deeply overwhelmed by the news of the death of a Norwegian biathlete and Olympic champion Anton Shipulin. The athlete admitted that early in his career, Hanevold was his guide. For the Russians it was an honor to fight him on the same track at the Games in Vancouver.

Previously, “Russian conversation” was reported about the death of Russian hockey player Nikita Voropaev.