Tarjei grew up in a large family on a farm in Stryn. During his childhood he was active in several sports, but already when he was fifteen year old he decided to go for biathlon, where he soon showed an amazing talent.
Already in his first season as a junior he became Norwegian champion in both cross-country skiing and biathlon, and repeated this the following year.
In the European Championship for juniors in 2009 he won 4 out of 4 possible goldmedals, and this opened the doors for him to attend the World Cup, the Norwegian Biathlon team and the Olympics in Vancouver. After the Norwegian team for the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver was put together, his fellow teammate Emil Hegle Svendsen was asked what he thought of his new teammate:
"Tarjei has a uniqe mindset, and an even bigger potential and talent than what both Ole Einar Bjorndalen and I had."
EMIL HEGLE SVENDSEN
The Norwegian biathlon team won the gold medal in relay at the Olympics in Vancouver, and Tarjei won his first international medal as a senior. In December 2010 he won his first individual World Cup on the 10 km sprint in Hochfilzen, and the following World Cup in Pokljuka, thereby taking the lead in the World Cup.
Tarjei won his first individual gold medal on the 20 km in the World Championship and anchored the winning relay team, and won his third gold medal in the championship.
After the World Championship there was a battle in the lead of the World Cup between Tarjei and Emil Hegle Svendsen. Tarjei was in the lead the whole season, and even though Emil almost caught up with him, Tarjei won the World Cup with 5 points.
At 21 years old Tarjei was one of the youngest overall winner of the World Cup, and international press named him the best biathlete in the world. In Norway Tarjei was honored and awarded “The Breakthrough of the year” at the Norwegian Sports Gala.
Tarjei has no plans of retiring from biathlon and we are looking forward to follow his career and future wins.