| Date of Birth:
September 17, 1973
Place of Birth: Rimouski, QC
Residence: Valcartier, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 107 lbs
After failing to qualify for both the 1998 Nagano and 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, frustrated biathlete Martine Albert decided to hang up her skis and rifle for good. Fortunately, for both her and for Canada, Martine had a change of heart in 2005 and decided to give her Olympic dream one more shot.
Now as the 2006 Turin Games approach, the 32-year-old finally finds herself clad in red and white with a ticket in hand for Italy.
With 12 Canadian Championship titles won over her 11 years on the National Team, Albert is the bridge between the glory days of Myriam Bedard in the early to mid-1990's and today's young team, which also includes potential stars Zina Kocher, Sandra Keith and Marie-Pierre Parent.
Although she earned 11 Top-30 results in her career, Albert's last big result prior to her return to the sport was an 18th place finish during the 2000-01 World Cup season. Earlier in her comeback, the results weren't coming for Albert and she probably had begun to think her return was a mistake. Fortunately, any doubts were put to rest in early December 2005 when Albert nailed down a 24th place result in a 15 km Individual race in Hochfilzen, Austria. The strong showing has proven to her, and any remaining critics, that she still belongs among the world's best biathletes.
2006 Biathlon Coverage