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Biathlon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

Susan Dunklee USA biathlete in a race
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Biathlon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

What you need to know about biathlon at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

Biathlon at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will be contested from Feb. 10-23, with medals awarded in eleven different events.

Sochi in review

Sochi’s biggest biathlon story featured the coronation of one Norwegian athlete known to fans as “The King.” Amid the hype of younger competitors, the 40-year-old Ole Einar Bjoerndalen attacked Sochi’s biathlon course and set the new standard for winning at a winter Olympic Games in the process.  Bjoerndalen won his twelfth Olympic medal in his first event when he won gold in the men’s 10km sprint.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway celebrates winning gold medal at 2014 Sochi Olympics

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen celebrates after receiving his gold medal for the men's 10km biathlon sprint during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Credit: Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Eleven days later, he won record-setting number thirteen, another gold, in the newly-added mixed relay event. Bjoerndalen would pass cross-country skier and fellow Norwegian, Bjorn Daehlie to become the winningest winter Olympian in history.
Another biathlon standout in Sochi was France’s Martin Fourcade. The tall, dark and handsome Frenchman remained humble after a Sochi performance that would land him two individual gold medals and a silver. That silver was nearly gold number three for Fourcade, but a photo finish in the men’s 15km mass start showed the ski tip of Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen crossing the line first.

In the women’s competition, another Olympian laid down tracks to begin her own historic domination in biathlon. Appearing in her second Olympic Games, Belarus’ Darya Domracheva became a star in Sochi when she won gold in three of the four women’s individual biathlon events. Domracheva’s run in Sochi is the first time a female biathlete had earned three gold medals in a single Olympic Games.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus celebrates winning a biathlon Olympic gold medal

Darya Domracheva of Belarus wins biathlon gold in the women's 12.5km mass start during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Credit: Nathan Bilow/USA TODAY Sports

In the women’s 15km individual event, Domracheva finished a full 1 minute, 15 seconds ahead of silver medalist Selina Gasparin of Switzerland. It would stand as the largest margin of victory recorded in Sochi, but what’s impressive is that Domracheva incurred a penalty of 1 minute after missing a single target (out of 20) on the course, while Gasparin and bronze medalist, Belarusian teammate Nadezhda Skardino, were perfect with their rifles.

Competition format

Biathletes will compete across the following eleven events, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three finishersrespectively, in each event:

  • Men’s 20km individual
  • Men's 10km sprint
  • Men's 12.5km pursuit
  • Men's 15km mass start
  • Men's 4x7.5km relay
  • Women's 15km individual
  • Women's 7.5km sprint
  • Women's 10km pursuit
  • Women's 12.5km mass start
  • Women's 4x6km relay
  • Mixed relay

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Biathlon events will be held at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games located in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster. The ski resort area of Alpensia will also feature the rest of the Nordic Olympic sports including cross-country, ski jumping and Nordic combined. The sliding events of bobsled, luge and skeleton will also be found in Alpensia.

Alpensia Biathlon Centre

Alpensia Biathlon Centre Credit: IOC/PyeongChang 2018

Athletes to watch

 Lowell Bailey, United States
 Dominik Landertinger, Austria
 Martin Fourcade, France 
 Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway 
 Anton Shipulin, Russia 
 Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway 

Biathlon competitors use their rifles on the range during competition at the Sochi Olympics

Team USA's Susan Dunklee fires her gun along with other competitors in the women's 4x6km relay biathlon during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Credit: Andrew P. Scott/USA TODAY Sports

 Darya Domracheva, Belarus
 Tiril Eckhoff, Norway
 Marie Dorin Habert, France
 Laura Dahlmeier, Germany
 Susan Dunklee, United States

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