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11 Reasons The Biathlon Is The Most Bad Ass Of All Olympic Sports

I guess I'll start taking the stairs... starting tomorrow.

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1. The biathlon combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting.

If you participate, that makes you substantially cooler than James Bond.
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If you participate, that makes you substantially cooler than James Bond.

2. This is the biathlon logo.

If that doesn't terrify you, I don't know what will.
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If that doesn't terrify you, I don't know what will.

3. The sport is actually used by Norwegians as alternative training for their military.

It is said to be comparable to Navy SEALSs training. Navy SEALs. They're the ones who took out Osama bin Laden if you remember.
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It is said to be comparable to Navy SEALSs training. Navy SEALs. They're the ones who took out Osama bin Laden if you remember.

4. This song was written and performed for the U.S. biathlon team.

View this video on YouTube

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It’s about women and men hidden away in a frozen northern town, skiing fast, and shooting targets down. Sorry, all previous Bond themes.

5. Previously the sport was called military patrol.

Military patrol fell out of favor in 1948 due to anti-military sentiments in the post World War II era as the sport was seen as too violent. The sport returned in the 1960 Winter Olympics with its current name: biathlon.
Via en.wikipedia.org

Military patrol fell out of favor in 1948 due to anti-military sentiments in the post World War II era as the sport was seen as too violent. The sport returned in the 1960 Winter Olympics with its current name: biathlon.

6. Biathlon has become an attractive sport in the United States for previous members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans.

No other group of people seem quite as fitting for the sport.
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No other group of people seem quite as fitting for the sport.

7. Something called Primitive Biathlon exists so there's that.

It uses snowshoes and muzzleloaders… and apparently the cast of Duck Dynasty.
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It uses snowshoes and muzzleloaders… and apparently the cast of Duck Dynasty.

8. Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen is tied for the most medals ever won at a Winter Olympics with 12.

At the young age of 16, Bjørndalen left home for a sports academy to focus his life on the biathlon.
Via 2014-olympic.com

At the young age of 16, Bjørndalen left home for a sports academy to focus his life on the biathlon.

9. Some Olympic biathlon competitions consist of up to 12 miles of skiing target shooting.

Bye table tennis.
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Bye table tennis.

10. Although the biathlon has been an Olympic sport since 1924, the U.S. didn't earn its first medal until the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when Andy Soule, retired U.S. Army veteran won bronze in the Paralympic games.

Nations where the land is so hospitable that not even Bear Grylls could survive tend to dominate the sport.
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Nations where the land is so hospitable that not even Bear Grylls could survive tend to dominate the sport.

11. The biathlon track at the 2014 Sochi Olympics is said to be the hardest in Olympic history.

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Because of the height of the track, the lack of oxygen makes the competitors breathe significantly harder. Apparently it wasn't hard enough already.

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