Individual: the Biathlon Classic
This competition is the longest in the biathlon program, as well as the oldest, with women skiing 15 km and men 20 km. The start interval is generally 30 seconds, but particular conditions allow the jury to opt for shorter or longer intervals. Contrary to all the other formats, there is no penalty loop: each missed target in the individual adds a minute to the final time. Another peculiarity of this format is that the athletes shoot first in prone position, then standing, then prone again and finally standing for a second time in the four shooting stages. The winner is determined by the best time including the added penalty minutes.
The short individual has the same set-up as the traditional individual competition and differs only by length and penalty time: in the men’s individual, the distance is shortened to 15 km and to 12.5 km in the women’s competition, while the penalty time is reduced to 45 seconds for both men and women.