is a sport that captures the attention and imagination of everyone
who sees it. In so many ways, it is a classic Olympic endeavor - combining the
most physically demanding sport of cross-country skiing with the intense precision
of rifle marksmanship. These opposing disciplines collide at the shooting range.
With their hearts pounding nearly three times a second, the athletes struggle
to control their breathing as they shoot, knowing that every shot and the number
of seconds it takes to make it, will determine who stands on the podium that
day. It is this drama, combined with wonderful visual images of the competitors,
which has lead biathlon to be the top rated winter sport on European TV.
US Biathletes are well
respected and have been producing strong results in Europe. Tim Burke had two top 10 finishes at the World Championships in 2008 and our Junior Team
is among the strongest in the world with numerous medals at World Junior Championships
and European Cup, including Leif Nordgren's medal at 2008 Youth World Championship, the first for an American.
Other Biathlon Disciplines: Summer biathlon combines rifle marksmanship and
running and has a large following in the USA. Though not yet an Olympic sport,
World Championships are held every year. There are also national championships
and a series of over twenty competitions throughout the USA.
- Historical Timeline
- IBU Handbook in PDF format
- International Biathlon