E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon

Biathlon, a sport with a nearly 4,000 year-long history, has its roots in Scandinavia and Finland when hunters would stalk their prey on alpine skis.  In 1948, the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne et Biathlon (UIPMB) formed as the international governing body of biathlon and modern pentathlon, and biathlon was accepted as an official Winter Olympic Sport in 1955. The first World Biathlon Championships were held at Saalfelden, Austria, with six nations participating.

Since its entrance to the Biathlon world stage in 1980, the United States has developed a rich biathlon culture. As the sport has grown in the U.S., the depth of the talent pool has also grown to world-class levels. Athletes like Josh Thompson, Jay Hakkinen, Jeremy Teela, Rachel Steer, Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke have made names not only for themselves, but for team USA itself.

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Photos Courtesy of Dennis Welsh.

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