Definition of biathlon
: a composite athletic contest consisting of cross-country skiing and rifle sharpshooting
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A winter sports event, the biathlon combines 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 20-km (12.5-mile) course, carrying a single-shot rifle and ammunition. They stop at four points to fire five shots at small targets. Relay and 10-km events were added in 1968 and 1980 respectively.
Origin and Etymology of biathlon
1bi- + -athlon (as in decathlon)
First Known Use: 1958
BIATHLON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of biathlon for English Language Learners
sports : an event in which athletes ski over the countryside and stop to shoot rifles at targets
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