- BC Games
When French biathlete Martin Fourcade secured a silver medal as he crossed the finish line of the 15 km Men's biathlon, Ladner's Lorna Muise screamed and cheered.
He may not be a Canadian, but his family has found a place in Muise's heart.
It was Muise's first time watching an Olympic event live, and first time witnessing a biathlon race, which combines cross country skiing and target shooting. The experience was made all the more special since Fourcade's family had been living with her during the 2010 Winter Games.
"We were going crazy," said Muise of watching the Feb. 21 race with Fourcade's parents, Marcel and Gisele, and younger brother Brice at the Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley. "We were screaming, laughing, crying."
In Muise's Ladner home, dad Marcel said while the family is used to watching their sons on the World Cup circuit, the Olympic event was very exciting. Martin missed a total of three shots but made up for it in speed. In his final lap he passed a few competitors, putting the Fourcades and Muises on edge.
"It was a very great moment," said Marcel of the second place finish.
Older brother Simon Fourcade, 25, also competed in the Winter Games (both raced in five events), entering the Olympics ranked first on the World Cup but finishing 14th in the same 15 km mass start.
After the race the family had to be patient as Martin, 21, headed to doping control before they could see him.
The flood of emotions was heightened later at the medal ceremony in Whistler.
"Now we can come back to France very happy. When we come back we will receive all the fans," said Marcel, adding coming home with this medal will hopefully elevate the profile of the sport.
Muise said she has "enjoyed tremendously" hosting the family, which included their 20-year-old son Brice.
The family is from Southern France, with the sons growing up near the ski resort Font Romeu.
They cross country skied first as youth. Gisele says Simon was approached around age 13 by a well-known professional biathlete and Martin, who came into the Olympics ranked 10th on the World Cup, soon followed his brother into the sport.
They ended up in Muise's home through a mutal connection.
Last summer Muise hosted a resident from the same area of France at her home while he was in town for flying lessons.
The man passed on Muise's contact information to the Fourcades, who asked if they could stay with her during the Olympics.
Learn more about the Fourcade brothers at fourcadebrothers.fr (in French).