Biathlon 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 won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships and our Junior Team is strong as well with numerous medals at World Junior Championships including Sean Doherty's gold and two silver medals at 2013 Youth World Championship.
Other Biathlon Disciplines: Summer biathlon combines rifle marksmanship and roller-skiing or running and has a large following in the USA. Though not an Olympic sport, World Championships are held every year. There are also national championships and a series of over twenty competitions throughout the USA.
Competition Descriptions - Historical Timeline
Rules - IBU Handbook in PDF format
- International Biathlon Union