noun \bī-ˈath-lən, -ˌlän\

sports : an event in which athletes ski over the countryside and stop to shoot rifles at targets

Full Definition of BIATHLON

:  a composite athletic contest consisting of cross-country skiing and rifle sharpshooting

Origin of BIATHLON

1bi- + -athlon (as in decathlon)
First Known Use: 1958

Rhymes with BIATHLON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Winter sports event combining cross-country skiing with rifle sharpshooting. It originated in Scandinavian hunting. It was first included in the Winter Olympics program in 1960. Competitors cover a course, carrying a single-shot rifle and ammunition and stopping at four points to fire five shots at small targets. Events are either 10 or 20 km long, and there are a variety of race types, including relay, sprint, and pursuit.


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