Shooting Sports USA | How much do you know about biathlon?

Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden/National Guard

A military-inspired Olympic event that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting, biathlon is one of the most grueling of all sports. Take our 10 question quiz to find out how much you know about biathlon.

  1. Right or wrong? Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and pistol shooting.

  1. In what year was the first Biathlon World Cup held?
    1. 1920
    2. 1938
    3. 1955
    4. 1958

  1. Right or wrong? A precursor sport to biathlon called “military patrol” was a competitive event at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympics.

  1. In what year did biathlon make its official debut at the Winter Olympics?
    1. 1928 St.Moritz
    2. 1932 Lake Placid
    3. 1960 Squaw Valley
    4. 1964 Innsbruck

  1. At what distance are biathlon steel plate targets placed?
    1. 20 metres
    2. 25 meters
    3. 40 meters
    4. 50 meters

  1. Each biathlon prone target is ____ in diameter?
    1. 25mm
    2. 45mm
    3. 50mm
    4. 115mm

  1. How many meters is a biathlon penalty loop?
    1. 50 meters
    2. 100 meters
    3. 150 meters
    4. 200 metres

  1. With a total of 52, which nation currently holds the most Olympic biathlon medals?
    1. Germany
    2. Sweden
    3. France
    4. Russia

  1. In which two shooting positions do biathlon shooters fire their rifles at targets?
    1. sitting and kneeling
    2. Standing and kneeling
    3. Sitting and lying
    4. Standing and lying

  1. Right or wrong? The 2022 Winter Olympics biathlon program includes mixed relay competitions.

answer

  1. Not correct
  2. D. 1958
  3. True
  4. C. 1960 Squaw Valley
  5. D. 50 meters
  6. 45mm
  7. C. 150 meters
  8. A Germany
  9. D. Standing and lying down
  10. True. The 4×6 km mixed relay will be held on Saturday February 5 at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Learn more about the history of Biathlon competition.

National Guard biathlete

Photo: A National Guard biathlete competing in the 2020 National Guard Biathlon Western Regionals held in Soldier Hollow, Utah in January 2020. More than 70 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from nine states took part in this winter competition. Photo courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden/National Guard.

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