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The first ever competition
is believed to have been held in 1767 in Norway as a military training exercise?
the first biathlon World Championships were held in Saalfelden, Austria with only men competitors?
From 1957 until 1993
the biathlon union was part of a joint union with modern pentathlon? The formal separation took place in 1998, 5 years after IBU was formed
can only be 4 cms shorter than the athlete him or herself?
is all that sometimes matters over 15 km?
In 1978 biathlon rifles
.22 caliber small-bore rifles became the standard for biathlon?
The weight of a rifle
must be at least 3.5 kg?
The standard distance
between the biathlete and target is 50 meters?
The penalty loop
is 150 meters long? It usually takes the athletes around 23 seconds to ski the loop. That’s the same time some of the fastest shooters need to knock down the...
The First Women's Biathlon World Championships
were held in 1984 in Chamonix, France; men and women have been competing at the same World Championships since 1992?
are more than twice as big as the prone targets? Standing remains the more difficult task for most athletes
occasionally mix up the home straight with another lane?