The original, classic and longest biathlon competition. The Individual (20 km for men; 15 km for women), more than any other discipline, rewards precision: as each missed target adds one minute to the athlete’s final time. Careful, accurate shooting is crucial for success. Athletes start at 30-second intervals and ski five loops (5 x 4 km for Men; 5 x 3 km for women), with four shooting stages alternating prone and standing (prone, standing, prone, standing). The final time including penalty minutes determines the winner.