Olympics 2014: Biathlon

Biathlon Rifle Shooting

Feb. 25, 2006 – Cesana San Sicario, Italy – German competitor Michael Greis (1) steadies himself during the shooting range portion of the Biathlon Men’s 15 KM Mass Start, Saturday February 25, 2006 at the Winter Olympic games in Cesana San Sicario, Italy. Greis won the gold medal. Elizabeth Kreutz/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight252795

It’s the winter Olympic sport that doesn’t quite have the fan following like figure skating or ski jumping or even speedskating. But nonetheless, like all Olympic sports it takes a lot of hard work, a lot of physical conditioning and talent that us mere mortals could only hope to possess. The Biathlon is a fierce competition.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Competitors race on skis 2.5 kilometers before stopping and taking aim at 5 targets. They repeat this several more times in a race depending on the distance of the event the biathlete is competing in. For every target missed, a minute is added to their time.

The funny thing about the biathlon is that it isn’t something that’s a very familiar to people, in that it’s not seen in the real world. Most people who hunt in the winter do it by foot. Probably because it would be hard to sneak up on an animal wearing skis. However, the biathlon’s origins came from an exercise practice from Norwegian soldiers back in the 1800′s.

Biathlon is sure to be a sport to watch this winter. So be sure to check out these images and more back at Newscom of past Biathlon pics.

Biathlete Lowell Bailey

Lowell Bailey of the USA finishes 36th in the Men’s 10 km Sprint during the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Whistler, BC February 14, 2010. Jean Levac/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix684396

Biathlon Winter Olympics

Feb. 25, 2006 – Cesana San Sicario, Italy – Swedish Biathlon competitor Anna Carin Olofsson (5) leads French Biathlon competitor Sandrine Bailly (9) and German Biathlon competitor Kati Wilhelm (3) during the Women’s 12.5 KM Mass Start. Elizabeth Kreutz/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight252856

Biathlete Sandrine Bailley

Feb 13, 2006; Cesana San Sicario, ITALY; XX Winter Olympics: SANDRINE BAILLY took 7th place competing in the Women’s Individual 15 km Biathlon at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Philippe Trias/Maxppp/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasseven968238

Biathlon Start

Skiers shoot during the women’s 12.5km Mass Start of Biathlon at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, Canada, Feb. 21, 2010. Shen Hong/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix711483

Gold Medalist Magdalena Neuner

Olympic Games 2010 Biathlon Training. imago sportfotodienst/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: imagosports120141

Vincent Defranse Biathalon

Feb 18, 2006; San Sicario, ITALY; TORINO 2006 WINTER OLYMPICS Gold medal winner Vincent Defrasne of France during the final of the men’s biathlon 12.5km pursuit competition at the XXth Winter Olympic Games in San Sicario. Philippe Trias/Maxppp/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasseven972558

Biathlon Italy

Norwegian Biathlon competitor, Liv Grete Poiree (11), tries to hold on to the pack during the Women’s 12.5 KM Mass Start, Saturday February 25, 2006 at the Winter Olympic games in Cesana San Sicario, Italy. Elizabeth Kreutz/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight252819

Svetlana Ishmouratova

SVETLANA ISHMOURATOVA of Russia competes in the women’s 15 km biathlon during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in turin, Italy. Norbert Falco/Maxppp/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasseven968912

Magdalena Neuner Biathlete

Whistler, Ontario, Canada – Gold medal winner Magdalena Neuner, of Germany, climbs a grade during Women’s Biathlon 10km sprint at Olympic Park, February 16, 2010. Bernard Weil/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericassix717676

Biathlon Rifle

Feb 14, 2006; Cesana San Sicario, ITALY; XX Winter Olympics: Gun used for Biathlon 10km Sprint at the 20th Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Gian Mattia D”Alberto/LaPresse/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasseven969269

Women's Sprint Biathlon

Magdalena Neuner of Germany finishes 2nd in the Women’s 7.5 KM sprint during the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Whistler, BC February 13, 2010. Jean Levac/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight356024

Rifles Biathlon

From left to right: Natalia Levtchenkova (MDA), Peta Starcevic (CRO), Martina Glagow (GER) and Katerina Holubcova (CZE) fire rifles during competition at the women’s biathlon 7.5 km sprint at the Torino Winter Olympics on Thursday. February 16, 2006. Troy Wayryen/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight257850

Nathalie Santer Biathlon

Feb 23, 2006; Cesana San Sicario, ITALY; NATHALIE SANTER (ITA) during the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics: Women’s Biathlon 4x6km Relay. Marco Rosi/LaPresse/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericasseven976732

Klemen Bauer Biathlon

Klemen Bauer from Slovenia in action during the men’s 10km sprint in the Biathlon event of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in the Whistler Olympic Park, 14 February 2010. Bauer finished fourth in the event. MIRKO GUARRIELLO/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotosfour001909

Biathlon Relay

FEBRUARY 28, 2010. Biathletes compete in the men’s 4 X 7.5 kilometers relay biathlon event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Belousov Vitaly Itar-Tass Photos/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: tassphotoslive260985

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