WHAT IS BIATHLON?

Biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It is treated as a race where the contestant with the shortest total time wins. Depending on the competition, missed shots result in extra distance or time being added to the contestant's total. 

Biathlon was introduced at the Olympics in 1960, while women were allowed to compete at the Olympics for biathlon starting in 1992. Currently, it is the most popular winter sport to watch in Europe, it gets fifteen million viewers worldwide each season, and sees tens of thousands of attendees at each World Cup! 

For more information on the history and details of biathlon, click here.

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MADDIE PHANEUF

USA BIATHLETE

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