About biathlon

The combination of two very contradictory disciplines such as cross-country skiing and shooting in one sport competition is very challenging. Cross-country skiing requires an impulsive physical effort over a long period of time, while the shooting demands extremely fine control and stability. If the athletes arrive at the shooting range, they have to shoot at very small targets, even though their heart is racing and they may be out of breath.

Swissathlon Biathlon

All members of the team run over a distance of approximately 1 km followed by one shooting round in prone position. There are 5 targets to hit, receiving a penalty run of 50 meters for each missed target. You will shoot with small caliber rifles from 10 meters distance and run in the free skating technique.

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The history of biathlon

Dating back 5,000 years the first cave paintings were found in Norway. These are the earliest evidence of hunting and fighting, which were operated on skis and weapons.


Historical records from Asia tell of "winged horses" on the feet of the hunters that were used for tracking wild animals in the snow. The first historical record of a biathlon competition tells of an event from the year 1767, close to the Swedish-Norwegian border where border guards extended in competition.


The general development in biathlon continued in hunting and warfare and was presented in 1924 at the Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix under the name of military patrol as a demonstration sport. Since then, the sport of biathlon has undergone major changes, including admission to the Winter Olympics.


Biathlon with our professional - Simon Hallenbarter


Simon was born in Obergesteln (VS). He was infected with the sports virus at a very young age and so it was not surprising that he attended the Cross-country training of the SC Obergoms and contested races. Until 2002, Simon went through all the stages of the long-run through the C-Squad of the Swiss national team.

 Then in 2002 he switched to biathlon. His first international participation was in 2004 in the World Championships in Oberhof. A dream came true in the season 05/ 06. With a fine 8th place he managed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Turin. Twice he reached the 6th place in the World Cup placement. 


With all his World Cup and Olympic experience he gives you useful tips on how to prepare best for a successful biathlon.