Definition of biathlon
: a composite athletic contest consisting of cross-country skiing and rifle sharpshooting
Recent Examples of biathlon from the Web
Max is a professional outdoorsman, who guides hunting trips and designs biathlon courses for the winter Olympics.
Lowell Bailey became the first American ever to win a biathlon world championship by taking the individual event in a startling upset on Thursday in Hochfilzen, Austria.
Austria’s federal criminal police raided the hotel rooms of Kazakhstan’s national biathlon team late Wednesday, seizing medical equipment, drugs and cellphones on the eve of a world championships competition in Hochfilzen.
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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: 1956See Words from the same year
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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