Uiloq Slettemark

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Uiloq Slettemark Biathlon
Full name Uiloq Helgesen Slettemark (née Heilmann)
Association GronlandGrönland Greenland
Birthday 6. August 1965 (55 years)
Birthplace Varde, Denmark
Association Nuuk Biathlon
Admission to the
national squad
Debut in the European Cup/IBU Cup 2003
World Cup debut 2000
Status not activated
Career End 2019
World Cup Balance
last update: February 11, 2020

Uiloq Helgesen Slettemark, née Heilmann (born August 6, 1965 in Varde, Denmark) is a Greenlandic biathlete and cross-country skier.

Life and career

Uiloq Slettemark is the daughter of the Greenlandic high school principal Isak Peter Kreutzmann Mikael Heilmann (1935-2013) and the Danish artist Astri Marie Helgesen (1934-1991). Her father was a grandson of Johannes Kreutzmann (1862-1940) on his mother’s side and thus a great-grandson of Jens Kreutzmann (1828-1899).

Uiloq Slettemark was the most successful biathlete in her country in the 2000s. Her husband Øystein Slettemark is also a Greenlandic biathlete. She is also secretary general, he president of Grønlands Biathlon Forbund and competes for Nuuk Biathlon. They both live in Nuuk and have three children, including daughter Ukaleq Astri, who is coached by her and was youth world champion in individual in 2019. She has been competing in biathlon since 1999 and has been part of the Greenland national squad ever since.

In 2000 Slettemark made her debut in biathlon World Cup in Hochfilzen as 82nd of an individual. After her results were also all between rank 80 and 90, she was able to record a performance leap with rank 64 in a sprint in Oberhof in 2001. In Pokljuka she also took part in the Biathlon World Championships for the first time in 2001 and finished 81st in both individual and sprint. In the following period her results were fluctuating, ranging from 100th in Pokljuka to 46th in Östersund. Since 2003 the Greenlander has repeatedly competed in the European Biathlon Cup, where she achieved comparatively better results; for example, she finished 19th in a sprint in Ridnaun in 2003. Slettemark’s best World Cup result was 40th in a sprint in Lahti. In the individual race at the 2003 Biathlon World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk she finished a good 55th, in the sprint race an even better 48th. The 2004 World Championships in Oberhof, 2005 in Hochfilzen and 2007 in Antholz brought her less good results. Also in the World Cup Slettemark’s results became visibly worse. Since 2013 she has been competing only very sporadically, and only in the second-class IBU Cup. Last time she took part in the two sprint competitions of the IBU Cup in Duszniki-Zdrój in the 2018/19 season.

In addition, Slettemark is also active as a cross-country skier for Denmark. Nine times – from 1999 to 2005, 2007 and 2008 – she won the 160 kilometre marathon Arctic Circle Race on Greenland.[1][2] Until 2017, she managed another five second places in this race. She made her debut in an official FIS race in November 1998, finishing 24th over 10 kilometres in Beitostølen. Already in December she achieved a first top ten finish as tenth over 5 kilometres and moved up to the Continental Cup where she finished 18th in a 10 kilometre race in Lillehammer. She competed in four races at the 1999 Nordic World Ski Championships in Ramsau. Her best result was a 45th place over 15 kilometres. In the Cross-Country Skiing World Cup, the Greenlander competed for the first time in a 50-kilometre race in Lamoura Mouthe in 2000, where she finished 35th. Shortly after, she achieved her best result as fifth in a 10-kilometre FIS race. Her second Nordic World Ski Championships in 2001 in Lahti produced less good results than in 1999, after which she rarely competed in cross-country skiing and concentrated on the biathlon.

Biathlon World Cup placings

The table shows all rankings (depending on the year of the event including Olympic Games and World Championships).

  • 1.-3. place: number of podium finishes
  • Top 10: Number of placements in the top ten (including podium)
  • Points Rankings: Number of placements within the points rankings (including podium and top 10)
  • Starts: Number of races run in the respective discipline
Placement Single Sprint Tracking Mass start Relay Total
1. Place
2. Place
3. Place
Top 10
Starts 25 53 5 83
Status: End of World Cup career

Web links

Individual references

  1. Arctic Circle Race(en) Greenland Guide & Arctic Circle Race. 2004. Archived from the Original december 13, 2004. Info: Thearchive linkwas inserted automatically and has not been checked yet. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/ Retrieved February 20, 2009.
  2. Arctic Circle Race 2008 Final ResultsArctic Circle Race (archived). 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2018.