Prize Money in Biathlon 2020-2021 World Cup & Championships

Prize money in biathlon – Huge amounts waiting for athletes


In biathlon world cup 2020-2021 the amount of prize money is over 7 million euros.
Etusuora: 08.01.2021 11:00Biathlon
Prize money in biathlon – Huge amounts waiting for athletes
Photo: Julia Sadykova.
Dorothea Wierer.
The amount of prize money has been rising in Biathlon World Cup in recent years, unlike in cross-country skiing. The biggest prize sums are devided in biathlon world championships, which are also included in the world cup.

Since 2018-2019 the total amount of prize money has been 7 million euros each season.

Prize money in Biathlon World Cup


In individual races the top 20 get their hands on the prize money. The winner of each event in the World Cup is rewarded with 15 000 euros, whereas the winner of the overall World Cup receives 28 000 euros. By winning an overall World Cup title in one discipline (sprint, mass start, pursuit) one receives 10 000 euros.

Compared to cross-country skiing, the prize money pool in biathlon is significantly bigger. The winner of an individual event in Cross-Country World Cup will receive just about half the amount in prize money - about 8 800 euros.

Individual event
115 000
212 000
39 000
47 000
56 000
65 000
74 000
83 500
93 000
102 500
112 000
121 750
131 500
141 250
151 000
16.900
17.800
18.700
19.600
20.500
Overall World Cup
128 000
223 000
318 000
415 000
513 000
610 000
79 000
88 000
97 000
106 000



The winning team in a four athlete relay receives a total of 24 000 euros (to share), which means 6000 euros per person. Single mixed relay’s winning duo receive 6000 euros each. Top six of each relay are rewarded.

At the end of the season ten best countries (Nations Cup) will be rewarded with prize sums for women and men. The best country will get 50 000 euros and even the 10th best country receives a nice sum, 11 000 euros.

In Biathlon World Cup the athletes also receive a so-called bib-bonus, which means that the leader of the total cup and each race format (pursuit, sprint, mass start etc.) is rewarded with 1000 euro bonus for each start.

Relay & Mixed Relay
124 000
218 000
314 000
410 000
58 000
66 000
Single Mixed Relay
112 000
29 000
37 000
45 000
54 000
63 000



The prize money in Biathlon World Championships



Besides medals, extra earnings is a good motivation for the athletes in the Biathlon World Championships, where 112 000 euros is rewarded in one start. The total sum is divided between 15 athletes to finish first. The top three receive 25 000, 19 000 and 14 000 euros.

The prize sums are nice in the relays as well, since the winning team is rewarded with 28 000 euros. The top six countries in single mixed relay are also rewarded, and the winning duo receives 7 000 euros each.