bi·​ath·​lete | \ bī-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce biathlete (audio) \

Definition of biathlete

: an athlete who competes in a biathlon

Examples of biathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The athletes in limbo are cross country skiers and biathletes, bobsledders and speedskaters, hockey players and figure skaters. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "At 11th Hour, Status of Russian Olympians Remains Uncertain," 7 Feb. 2018 Anchorage biathlete Maja Lapkass is one of six teenagers who will represent the United States at the Youth Olympic Games early next year in Lausanne, Switzerland. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage biathlete named to U.S. team for Youth Olympics," 29 Aug. 2019 One of the top junior biathletes in the United States, Lapkass won two medals — one gold, one silver — at last season’s Junior Nationals. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage biathlete named to U.S. team for Youth Olympics," 29 Aug. 2019 The phrase was the rallying cry of an anti-flying movement championed by Björn Ferry, an Olympic biathlete, who stopped flying in 2015. The Economist, "The Greta effect," 19 Aug. 2019 Lowell Bailey, an American biathlete and a reigning world champion, this week blamed the I.O.C. for creating uncertainty so close to the games. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Dozens of Russian Athletes Lose Appeal, Keeping Them Out of Pyeongchang Olympics," 8 Feb. 2018 Kuzmina became the second biathlete and the first woman to win an individual medal in all four events on the program in her career, after Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Steve Reed,, "Anastasiya Kuzmina grabs 3rd medal, 1st gold at Pyeongchang Olympics in women's biathlon," 17 Feb. 2018 French biathlete Martin Fourcade, 29, crashed into his second gold after two missed targets and a stumble, finishing barely ahead of Germany’s Simon Schempp in the men’s 15km mass start. Kathryn Lundstrom,, "Sunday Olympic Digest: Americans Get Some Silver; Alex and Maia Shibutani Are Back on the Ice," 18 Feb. 2018 Scott Balber, the attorney for the biathletes, told The New York Times that Prokhorov is one of the individuals supporting the lawsuit along with others. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Russian doping whistleblower countersues Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, three Olympic biathletes," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of biathlete

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biathlete

blend of athlete and biathlon

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“Biathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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