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  • 1. PARALYMPIC BIATHLON WITH GLOWING HEARTS By Naomi
  • 2. BIATHLON
    • Biathlon is a sport that combines rifle shooting and cross country skiing. Athletes must ski a distance, then shoot 5 targets.
    • Biathlon originated as “military patrol” as an exercise. It was contested in 1924 in Chamonix, France but was dropped from post war sentiments in 1948.
    • Both men and women play.
    • Officially became an Olympic sport in the 1960 Winter Olympics.
  • 3. PARALYMPIC BIATHLON
    • Was introduced in 1988 for the physically impaired at Innsbruck, Austria. At the 1992 Paralympics in Lillehammer, Norway, blind and visually impaired athletes were included.
    • Athletes can compete in standing, sitting, or visually impaired classes.
    • Paralympic biathletes can compete in the short distance or the long distance.
    • Use a Nordic Percentage system to equalize time disability handicap to determine which athlete goes the fastest
    • Fastest person wins
  • 4. SHOOTING
    • Athletes shoot with a .22 caliber rifle
    • Visually impaired/blind athletes shoot with a special acoustic sounds depending on how rifle is aimed
    • 5 black disc targets 10 m away
    • Athletes shoot at a 20 mm target
    • Visually impaired/blind athletes shoot at a 30 mm target
    • 20 mm 30 mm
  • 5. SHORT DISTANCE
    • Athletes ski 3 laps around a 2.5 km course
    • Stop to shoot twice
    • There is a 150 m penalty loop for each shot missed.
  • 6. LONG DISTANCE
    • Athletes ski 5 laps on the same 2.5 km course
    • Stop 4 times to shoot
    • Penalized one minute for each missed target (added onto skier’s overall time)
  • 7. CATEGORIES
    • STANDING
    • Can use the same equipment as able bodied skiers, but have a walking disability
    • SITTING
    • Have no use of legs
    • Use a chair on skis (called a sit-ski)
    • BLIND/VISUALLY IMPAIRED
    • Use the same equipment as able bodied skiers
    • Ski with a guide
    • Use special acoustic system with different tones that change when rifle is aimed
  • 8. VANCOUVER 2010 EVENTS
    • Men’s 3 x 2 Pursuit
    • Men’s 12.5 km
    • Women’s 3 x 2 Pursuit
    • Women’s 12.5 km
    • Women’s 10 km
    • All Paralympic biathlon events will be held at the Whistler Paralympic Park ski hill on Whistler mountain.
  • 9. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • http://www.vancouver2010.com/paralympic-games/biathlon/additional-information/about-the-sport_168632bx.html
    • http://www.biathloncanada.ca/main.php?p=219
    • http://winter-paralympics.suite101.com/article.cfm/paralympic_winter_games_blind_biathlon
  • 10. PICTURE BIBLIOGRAPHY
    • Biathlon 1 by GAP089 on Flickr
    • Biathlon skier by Parutakupiu commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Olympic_picto...