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Biathlon

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I could talk about soccer in Germany, but this is a little boring, because everyone who knows Germany and German people knows that its all about soccer in my country. Of course nearly every sport is popular in Germany, but not as much as soccer or other ballgames as Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball or Handball.
We also have different variations of winter sports which you just could have seen lately at the Olympics in Vancouver.


Biathlon is very popular in Germany and many people support this sport. It combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Other popular variants include summer biathlon, which combines cross-country running with rifelry, modern biathlon and biathle, which combine running with swimming.
The winter Biathlon sport has its origins in an exercise for Norwegian soldiers, as an alternative training for the military. The world’s first known ski club, the Trysil Rifle and Ski Club, was formed in Norway in 1861 to promote national defense at the local level. The first World Championship in biathlon was held in 1958 in Austria, and in 1960 the sport was finally included in the Olympic Games. At Albertville in 1992, women were first allowed in Olympic biathlon.
The rules in biathlon are pretty simple:
For each shooting round, the biathlete must hit five targets; each missed target must be “atoned for” in one of three ways, depending on the competition format:
1. by skiing around a 150 metres (490 ft) penalty loop which takes mostly 20-30 seconds for a top-leveled runner.
2.by having one minute added to a skier’s total time
3. by having to use an “extra cartridge” (placed at the shooting range) to finish off the target; only three such “extras” are available for each round, and a penalty loop must be made for each of the targets left standing.
There are 7 different competition formats which makes Biathlon really exciting from one run to the next:
Individual, Sprint, Pursuit, Mass Start, Relay, Mixed Relay and Team competition.
The Biathlon WorldCup is mostly hold in Europe, because this sport os more popular in Europe than somewhere else. Meanwhile America and Canada have some places where the championships are held, but still the sport is not that popular yet as back in Europe.

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