biathlete

noun

bi·​ath·​lete bī-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce biathlete (audio)
: an athlete who competes in a biathlon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Alaska stars shining Outside The 2023 U.S. Biathlon National Championships took place in Casper, Wyoming, over the weekend and saw eight biathletes from The Last Frontier overcome 8,000 feet elevation and gusting winds to produce podium finishes. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2023 Ukrainian biathlete Anastasiia Laletina was forced to pull out of the middle distance sitting event at the Beijing Winter Paralympics on Tuesday after her father was captured by Russian forces, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian paralympic committee told Reuters. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPRO) confirmed the deaths of soccer players Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the International Biathlon Union announced the death of former Ukrainian biathlete Yevhen Malyshev. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 2 Mar. 2022 Thursday, March 12 DUNKLEE, the biathlete, who was in Finland. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 Lowell Bailey upsets the pre-race favorites in the men’s individual competition to become the first American biathlete to win gold at the world championships. Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2023 The skier, cyclist, and biathlete was abandoned by her parents as an infant. PEOPLE.com, 20 July 2022 Deedra Irwin has the best performance of any American biathlete in the Winter Olympic Games, placing seventh in the Beijing 2022 women’s individual race. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 The nation’s top women’s biathlete was in Anchorage last week to meet with and help train aspiring Alaskans at the Kincaid Park Biathlon Range. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

blend of athlete and biathlon

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biathlete was in 1963

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“Biathlete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biathlete. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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