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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

At first glance, biathlon looks like a sport invented by the X-Games brain trust to make two distinctly different, distinctly unexciting skill sets feel cooler. After all, cross-country skiing and target shooting boast roughly the same natural, symbiotic relationship as fishes and bicycles, and neither discipline features fast-and-furious action. But as much as the sport might feel like a modern invention, it's actually an old-school, no-nonsense affair. Norwegian art dating back more than 4,000 years depicts men hunting while on skis, and soldiers even skied into battle during 18th century conflicts such as the Great Scandinavian War. By the time biathlon was introduced as a medal event in the 1960 games in Squaw Valley, the sport had an established history, one decidedly low on bells and whistles.

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Rifle shooting with such a high heart rate seems awfully damn hard.

#1 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-02-11 08:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

I see the combining of skiing and shootings as much like shooting from horseback.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-11 07:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

I have enough trouble hitting the target in warm weather. Skiing in the freeze and then trying to shoot is a true test of endurance.

#3 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-11 07:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Many have no idea how hard this event is to participate in successfully. As a former skier and shooter I recognize and applaud their skill and stamina.

#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-02-11 07:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

A present for Zat. Don't say I never did anything for you:

mediatrackers.org

#5 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-11 07:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

MSGT is right.

If you want to understand it better try running a lap around a high school football field and then attempt to pitch a ball the distance between a pitcher's mound and home plate into a bucket.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-11 08:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

I was just pleased that NBC covered this event.
After all shooting IS an Olympic sport, lying, idiot hoplophobes notwithstanding.

#7 | Posted by Zatoichi at 2014-02-11 08:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

But why all the coverage for curling? THAT is social rot.

#8 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-11 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here's my problem with the nordic / cross country skiing events. There's just so many events and so many medals given out that it allows a nation with just 5 million inhabitants to dominate the games.

#9 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-12 08:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

I have enough trouble hitting the target in warm weather. Skiing in the freeze and then trying to shoot is a true test of endurance.

#3 | Posted by Diablo

A friend of mine help train some of thoes guys a few years ago. They can't shoot worth sour owl s***. They are fast cross-country skiers.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-12 10:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Rifle shooting with such a high heart rate seems awfully damn hard."

One of my crazier co-workers is teaching his kids how to shoot. With an AR-10. Not just shoot, but shoot after doing 20 push-ups.

I guess if he wants his kids to be Navy SEALs or something, they're off to a good start.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-02-12 10:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Training facilities that stress 'real world' situations often get the participants heart rate up before target shooting. It is an eye-opener especially if one has already run the course before - accuracy and speed both suffer a lot. But to prepare for real world self-defense situations this is far better than just calmly shooting at paper targets.

On a related note, the Russians got their behinds handed to them by Finns who could ski and shoot during the 'Winter War'. Too bad most Americans have never heard of it. :)

#12 | Posted by AKat at 2014-02-12 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

They can't shoot worth sour owl s***. They are fast cross-country skiers.

#10 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Some places in north Norway, its illegal to step outside unless carrying a rifle due to polar bear attacks. The NRA would like to adopt this in the US for folks threatened by Avon sales personal.

#13 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-12 01:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

#11 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER AT 2014-02-12 10:30 AM | FLAG: When I was involved and the martial arts [Ching Lung Go Su Kwan {Green Dragon School}] the sparring always took place after all the 'exercises/forms, etc. when we were fatigued from that workout. One must train to be able to perform under adverse conditions to be your best.

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-02-12 01:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

If the curling team wore sidearms it would be Zat's favorite Olympic sport.

#15 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-12 01:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

And if they wore skirts it would be yours har.

#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-02-12 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Scotland invented curling, wearing skirts is old school.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2014-02-12 10:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

How long you been wearing a skirt BORED?

#18 | Posted by Federalist at 2014-02-12 10:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"As a former skier and shooter I recognize and applaud their skill and stamina.
#4 | Posted by MSgt"

For once he's not puffing. Here's proof:

Skiing: www.tuppersteam.com

Shooting: a.gifb.in

#19 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-02-13 12:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

"If the curling team wore sidearms..."

It would be the EPA SWAT team, Harry.

#20 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-13 04:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

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