February 2018 Olympic Biathlon Schedule & Medal Events
1960 saw the Olympic biathlon's
first official appearance as an Olympic event at the Squaw Valley
Winter Olympics, with the first biathlon competition for women
featured at the Albertville games in 1992.
One of the
most challenging of winter sports, the biathlon combines the physical
demands of cross-country
skiing with the mental acuity of precision marksmanship. The
true test of a biathlon athlete converges at the shooting range,
as competitors are forced to stop, take a breath, aim, and hit
their target. Missed targets are made up with additional distance
or minutes added to the course - so stamina over the long haul
is a hard-won attribute of any champion biathlete.
and women's competitions comprise the the Olympic program in individual,
sprint, pursuit, relay and mass start competitions.
DID YOU KNOW? Olympic biathlon fun facts
• Biathlon is the only sport at the Winter Games to involve shooting.
• Biathlon originated in hunting techniques used in Scandinavian countries dating back centuries, when hunters would ski cross-country with rifles mounted on their backs to find prey.
• The most decorated biathlon athlete in Olympic history is the “King of Biathlon”, Ole Einar Björndalen from Norway with 13 medals: 8 Gold, 4 Silver, and a Bronze.
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