Biathlon in Winter Olympics

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Individual

Men race 20km, while women race 15km. There are four shooting bouts in the individual event, two standing and two in the prone position. Athletes are permitted five rounds of ammunition per bout.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Sprint

The sprint even is identical to the individual event, though all of the requirements are cut in half. Men race 10 km and women race 7.5 km, with only two shooting bouts, one standing and one prone.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Pursuit

Gold medal winners from the individual and sprint events are given a head start while the rest of the competition waits at the starting gate. The event — which features four shooting bouts — then continues on as usual, with men racing 12.5 km and women racing 10km.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Mass Start

30-plus athletes barrel down the course before completing four shooting bouts. Some are faster skiers while others are more proficient with the rifle. Men race 15 km while women race 12.5 km.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with target shooting. Individual events feature either two or four shooting bouts, executed while standing or in the prone position. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, also known as "The King of Biathlon," is the winningest athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics, with 13 medals to his name.

Relay

Four skiers represent one team, with each athlete racing a quarter — 7.5 km for me, 6 km for women — of the total course and completing two shooting bouts.

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