What is Biathlon?
Biathlon is an exciting sport that combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting. Doing biathlon is challenging and fun. You can gain from being in biathlon by learning about a truly great sport, getting fit, and meeting friends.
A competitor must ski over a challenging ski course, carrying a .22 caliber rifle on the back*, and stop periodically to shoot at targets in a centrally located range from both the prone and standing positions. The winner will not necessarily be the fastest skier, but the one who ends up with the least shooting penalties and the fastest overall ski time. Shooting penalties are applied for such things as missed targets, improper rifle and ammunition placement, misplacement of skis and poles at the range, etc.
The skiing distance and bouts of shooting differ for the various age categories as well as for male and female competitors.*Novice competitors do not carry a rifle on their backs. The rifle is handed to them at the range by a range official or coach and the novice will only shoot in the prone position.
Note: Biathlon rifles are not automatic and require low velocity ammunition. They are used strictly for shooting at targets. Biathlon is a perfectly non-violent sport which involves the use of firearms as part of the equipment needs (just as fencing uses swords). Security rules are very strict in biathlon and are enforced by competition officials and by the coaches.
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