Biathlon - Biathlon champion Fourcade set for cross country bow

French biathlon star Martin Fourcade will try his hand at cross country skiing, although does not expect to emulate the great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

World number one and multiple World Champion Fourcade, 24, is the dominant athlete in the sport currently and is widely expected to star at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

He has some way to go to emulate the antics of all-time great Bjoerndalen, but he is starting by following the Norwegian in occasional forays into cross country, with the World Cup opener in the Swedish Gallivare his target for November.

“I just want to try new things,” Fourcade – who is also a soldier – told La Voix du Nord.

“The objective is first to take part, to enjoy myself, but I’m sure that will change when I’m preparing to start the race.

“I’m not going to aim to be another Bjoerndalen, but will just try to have a good time.”

In 2006 Bjoerndalen famously became the first biathlete to win a World Cup cross country race.

It remained the Norwegian’s only cross country victory, although he did make three other podiums.