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Biathlon Combines Cross Country Skiing with Precision Marksmanship

 

Biathlon competition consists of events in sprint, pursuit, individual and relay, all of which combine the disciplines of skiing and marksmanship. Unlike typical Nordic skiing technique, biathletes primarily employ the skate, a style in which the skier uses longer poles to propel him or herself in a right-to-left direction along the trail. A harness is used to carry the rifle on the athlete's back while skiing. In the sprint event, competitors stop twice, attempting to hit five targets with five bullets. For each miss, athletes take a lap around the 150 meter penalty loop, thereby increasing their time by about 25 seconds. The top 60 finishers of this event compete in the pursuit, in which competitors start at intervals based on their sprint times and stop four times, again attempting five targets per stop. A penalty loop is the price for each miss. In the individual event, competitors again stop four times with five targets at each stop, however, instead of a penalty loop, the price for a miss is one minute added to their finishing time. The fast-paced relay is a team event in which individuals on four-person teams each ski 7.5 km legs, during which they must complete two firing sequences, again with five targets but this time with eight bullets per sequence. They must load the extra bullets one at a time. For each target left standing, a penalty loop is required. The 2006 Olympic biathlon will take place in the beautiful Cesana San Sicario.

 

Official Olympic Biathlon Sites

 

Biathlon Canada

Official Olympic Biathlon

Vancouver Biathlon Official Site

US Biathlon Association

 

Olympic Biathlon News and Guides

 

NBC 2010 Olympic Biathlon Guide

CBC 2010 Olympic Biathlon

Canoe 2010 Olympic Biathlon

BBC 2010 Olympic Biathlon

ESPN 2010 Olympic Biathlon

NY Times 2010 Olympic Biathlon

USA Today 2010 Olympic Biathlon

 

Olympic Biathlon History

 

CBS Sports Olympic Biathlon History

Hickock Sports - Biathlon History

Slam! 1998 Biathlon Coverage

BBC 2002 Olympic Biathlon News

Canoe 2002 Biathlon Guide

CBS 2002 Biathlon Guide

Deseret News and KSL Radio, SLC Coverage

ESPN Olympic Cross Country/Biathlon

New York Times 2002 Biathlon Overview

Olympic Biathlon Internet Search 

Rocky Mountain News 2002 Biathlon Guide

USA Today - 2002 Olympic Biathlon News

Washington Post 2002 Olympic Biathlon News

 

Other Biathlon Sites

 

Allen's Biathlon Page

Salt Lake Tribune - Biathlon Tutorial

US Biathlon Association

 

Biathlon Stuff

 

 2002 Salt Lake City Biathlon Store

 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games Playstation 2 Game

 Ebay - Olympic Biathlon

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