While biathlon isn’t the most well-known or popular sport, it is stocked with talented athletes. Find out how they go from cross-country skiing at full speed to sharp-shooting targets.
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When did biathlon become a part of the Winter Olympic Games?
1960. The sport was introduced as a demonstration during the 1924 games but fell off during the post-war period. Men’s biathlon became a part of the games in 1960 and women’s in 1992.
True or False: Biathlon began as a training exercise for Norweigan soldiers.
True. Biathlon was once known as military patrol, and Norweigan soldiers began setting up skiing and shooting competitions for themselves in the 1860s.
Biathlon involves two events. They are:
Biathlon consists of a free style cross-country ski race followed by target shooting at 50 meters.
Which of the following is NOT a format for Winter Games biathlon competition?
Team biathlon ended at the highest levels in 2004.
True or False: A biathlete carries their rifle with them during the skiing portion of the event.
True. A biathlete carries a rifle weighing at least 7.7 lbs and ammunition with them during the race.
A biathlete must hit __ targets to avoid a penalty in their time.
A biathlete must hit 5 targets or face a penalty involving an extra skiiing loop, a minute added to their time or having extra targets added until they reach 5 shots (which takes up time).
True or False: The term biathlon can refer to a few different two-part competitions.
True. Biathlon can refer to any number of two-part races. Other combinations including cross-country running and shooting, and a roller-skiing variation.