An extraordinary sport that deserves more attention
This sport, whose name comes from the Latin "bi" (two) and "athlon" (competition), combines the disciplines of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
It is an all-round sport that dates as far back as the Vikings, the Middle Ages, and the beginnings of Pentathlon. But it was in 1767 that the very first competition ressembling the modern biathlon took place.
Biathlon is a sport that demands the best qualities of two completely different disciplines. On the one hand it involves extreme and sustained physical effort for the cross-country skate-skiing and, on the other, it requires the athlete to have a good mental command and a very stable body.
A great all-round sport that is easier to start and to perfect than you might think!