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What is Biathlon? Everything You Need To Know About The Winter Olympic Sport

ByScotty Jenkins

Published on Wed Jan 12 2022

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What is Biathlon? Everything You Need To Know About The Winter Olympic Sport

Every four years, when the Winter Olympics headlines the February sports lineup after the Super Bowl, the sport of Biathlon finally gets its time in the limelight.

Biathlon combines cross country skiing and incredibly accurate rifle shooting to form one of the Winter Games most unique sports. And that uniqueness is usually met with a lot of polarity from first time viewers of the sport on Twitter. The unorthodox combination of sports has viewers raving about the superhero-like breath control each competitor has or asking "What the heck is this and why is it an Olympic sport?"

So what is Biathlon?

Unlike it's name suggests, Biathlon is not that closely related to the Summer Olympic sports Decathlon, Heptathlon and Modern Pentathlon -  each a collection of multiple track & field events - or Triathlon -  a swimming, biking, and running race. In fact, Biathlon might be the exact opposite of those sports, taking place on the snow and involving high precision rifle shooting.

Biathlon in a nutshell is a cross-country ski race that includes multiple checkpoints for skiers, where they have to stop, remove an air rifle from their back and shoot at targets from a standing or laying position, before packing up and continuing the ski race.

What are the origins of Biathlon?

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Why is Biathlon an Olympic Event?

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What does a biathlon race consist of?

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How is a biathlon race scored?

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What kind of rifle and ammunition is used in Biathlon?

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What size are the targets in Biathlon?

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What types of rifle shots are used in biathlon?

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What are the different types of races in Biathlon? And which ones are in the Olympics?

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