Unique and Unknown -  Art Stegen

This book is a tribute to the small group of dedicated participants, coaches, administrators and supporters who made contributions to its evolution from its beginning to the dynamic and exciting sport that it is today. Written byArt Stegen who has been at the epicenter of Biathlon for fifty years. As an athlete, coach, team leader, and member of the Board of Directors, he has dedicated himself to the sport and always strived to make a difference.

 

Celebrate Winter - John Morton

Celebrate Winter is a collection of articles, commentaries and stories covering his two decades as a Nordic competitor, 15 years as a coach, and recent years as a close observer and ardent fan of Nordic skiing and biathlon. The stories include an interesting, behind-the-scenes perspective of the ten Winter Olympic Games Morton has attended as an athlete, coach, biathlon team leader, chief of course for the biathlon events and, most recently, as an enthusiastic fan of the U.S. Biathlon Team and U.S. cross-country skiers.

 

Nordic Warrior?: A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon - Craig Wiggers

My journey into Nordic biathlon as a southern raised, middle-aged, New York transplant has been exciting, funny and memorable. This story is written for sport enthusiasts who are interested in challenges, are considering trying something new and want to laugh. I hope my adventures (and steep learning curve) will be informative for newcomers to the sport and entertaining to those who have lived their lives growing up on skis in snow-covered landscapes. Finally, to those who might “give it a go,” know that you will be joining a community of wonderful, supportive and generous people who love the outdoors and enjoy healthy competition.

Skis in the Art of War 

BY K. B. E. E. EIMELEUS/ TRANSLATED BY WILLIAM D. FRANK/ INTRODUCTION BY E. JOHN B. ALLEN

K. B. E. E. Eimeleus was ahead of his time with his advocacy of ski training in the Russian armed forces. Employing terminology never before used in Russian to describe movements with which few were familiar, Skis in the Art of War gives a breakdown of the latest techniques at the time from Scandinavia and Finland. Eimeleus's work is an early and brilliant example of knowledge transfer from Scandinavia to Russia within the context of sport.

Nearly three decades after he published his book, the Finnish army, employing many of the ideas first proposed by Eimeleus, used mobile ski troops to hold the Soviet Union at bay during the Winter War of 1939–40, and in response, the Soviet government organized a massive ski mobilization effort prior to the German invasion in 1941. The Soviet counteroffensive against Nazi Germany during the winter of 1941–42 owed much of its success to the Red Army ski battalions that had formed as a result of the ski mobilization.

In this lucid translation that includes most of the original illustrations, scholar and former biathlon competitor William D. Frank collaborates with E. John B. Allen, known world-wide for his work on ski history.

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Everyone to Skis! Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon: BY WILLIAM D. FRANK

Nowhere in the world was the sport of biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, taken more seriously than in the Soviet Union, and no other nation garnered greater success at international venues. From the introduction of modern biathlon in 1958 to the USSR's demise in 1991, athletes representing the Soviet Union won almost half of all possible medals awarded in world championship and Olympic competition. Yet more than sheer technical skill created Soviet superiority in biathlon. The sport embodied the Soviet Union's culture, educational system and historical experience and provided the perfect ideological platform to promote the state's socialist viewpoint and military might, imbuing the sport with a Cold War sensibility that transcended the government's primary quest for post-war success at the Olympics.

William D. Frank's book is the first comprehensive analysis of how the Soviet government interpreted the sport of skiing as a cultural, ideological, political and social tool throughout the course of seven decades. In the beginning, the Soviet Union owned biathlon, and so the stories of both the state and the event are inseparable. Through the author's unique perspective on biathlon as a former nationally-ranked competitor and current professor of Soviet history, Everyone to Skis! will appeal to students and scholars of Russian and Soviet history as well as to general readers with an interest in skiing and the development of twentieth-century sport.

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Anna Rashnikov: By Berry Mink

This is the second book in the Dr. Ben David series. Dr. David is a world famous sports medicine physician who has found amazing methods to enhance athletic performance in legal and safe ways. In the first book of this series, "A Second Chance" he turns the performance of baseball in totally new directions with his scientific knowledge and methods. However, in this book he encounters a rare challenge with one of his star athletes. Douglas Malone, an American Olympic cross country skier and biathlete, gets entangled with a Russian woman who is also a world class biathlete, Anna Rashnikov. She has the unique history of being an assassin for her father, a crime boss in Minsk Russia. She has killed ten men before she was fifteen years old. The two athletes have an adventure together which ends up as a catastrophic international incident at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.