In March 2009, Scouts from Troop 4 in Ogden, Utah, participated in the Olympic Biathlon Experience at Soldier Hollow Cross-Country Ski Resort, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic biathlon.
Watch the Scouts competing in the following videos, and find out more about the biathlon in the January 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.
The shooting portion of the biathlon competition is critical. Competitors must remove their skis, rush to the shooting line, catch their breath and shoot as straight as possible. The Scouts loaded their guns in advance of the actual competition.
The Scout biathlon was a team event. Four competitors started with some cross-country skiing. After making a lap around the track, the guys rushed to the shooting range, then sprinted back to the starting line so the next team member could do his part.
In between biathlon training sessions, the Scouts from Troop 4 rode the slopes of Soldier Hollow Cross-Country Ski Resort on tubes, a nice break from the competition of the biathlon.