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The 36-year-old Mäkäräinen won the World Cup Total Score in 2011, 2014 and 2018. She is a former cross-country skier, who decided to become a biathlete after watching the 2003 IBU World Championships on television. In the early part of her biathlon career, Mäkäräinen showed promise with fast skiing, but never reached the podium. Everything changed in the 2010-11 season when she opened the season with two victories in Östersund and never looked back and claimed the World Cup Total Score title. She has now won 26 victories, been on the podium 81 times, and won four IBU World Championships medals, including the 2011 pursuit title. She now has three World Cup Total Score titles to her name, adding the titles in 2013-14 and most recently in the 2017-18 seasons.
Mäkäräinen is known as an intense competitor, with a dry sense of humor who counts knitting and reading as two of her hobbies.