biathlon

noun
bi·​ath·​lon | \ bī-ˈath-lən How to pronounce biathlon (audio) , -ˌlän \

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.

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Recent Examples on the Web With just over a year to learn and train for two new sports, Oksana competed in cross country skiing and the biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 With just over a year to learn and train for two new sports, Oksana competed in cross country skiing and the biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 With just over a year to learn and train for two new sports, Oksana competed in cross country skiing and the biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 With just over a year to learn and train for two new sports, Oksana competed in cross country skiing and the biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 With just over a year to learn and train for two new sports, Oksana competed in cross country skiing and the biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 With just over a year to learn and train for two new sports, Oksana competed in cross country skiing and the biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2021 Spencer, a two-time U.S. Olympic biathlon athlete, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at age 84. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 Maja Lapkass, a 16-year-old from Anchorage, qualified for the biathlon team earlier this year. Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of biathlon

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biathlon

bi- entry 1 + -athlon (as in decathlon)

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“Biathlon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biathlon. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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biathlon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biathlon

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

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