As the most experienced member of the Canadian women’s biathlon team, Zina Kocher will be competing in her third straight Olympic Winter Games at Sochi 2014. Starting out as a cross-country skier, Kocher got her introduction to biathlon at the 1998 Alberta Winter Games.
After graduating high school in 2000, she moved to Canmore to train fulltime with the Rocky Mountain Racers under coach Richard Boruta. She went on to compete for Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championships before jumping to the World Cup circuit fulltime in 2003-04.
Kocher made some history at the opening World Cup of the 2006-07 season when she captured the bronze medal in the 15km individual event in Oestersund, Sweden. She was the first Canadian biathlete to win an international medal in more than a decade. Kocher has competed at every world championship dating back to 2003.
(Courtesy Canadian Olympic Committee)