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 (bī-ăth′lən, -lŏn′)
1. An athletic competition that combines events in cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
2. Any of various other athletic competitions combining two successive events, such as long-distance swimming and running.

[bi- + Greek āthlon, prize of contest.]

bi·ath′lete (-lēt) n.
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(General Sporting Terms) an athlete taking part in a biathlon
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(baɪˈæθ lit)

a competitor in a biathlon.
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Those British athletes who had arrived early from the team's holding camp in Calgary paraded behind the Union Flag carried by veteran biathlete Mike Dixon, taking part in his sixth Games.
The student at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, who hopes to become a British junior biathlete, was the only pupil to clinch top grades in every subject at her school.
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won his first Olympic gold, crossing the line in the 10k men's biathlon sprint in 27mins 16.2secs.
It is her second World Cup victory this season.Slovakia's biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina confirmed her great form at the women's 10-kilometre sprint in Ruhpolding in Germany on January 17.
"First of all, we need a grass-roots debate," said former biathlete Verena Bentele, who is now the German government's commissioner for matters relating to disabled persons.
NORWEGIAN biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time after winning his 13th medal in the mixed relay in Sochi yesterday.
Biathlete Tom Clemens is the only other Briton in action on the first day of competition The opening ceremony took place last night.
WHILE Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were waltzing their way into British hearts on the ice of Sarajevo, biathlete Mike Dixon was beginning an Olympic journey which would last 18 years, and possibly beyond.
She incurred two shooting penalties but skied strongly to cross the line first in 35:34.4 minutes, 12.1 seconds ahead of another Slovak biathlete, Paulina Fialkova, the Eurosport reported."These feelings are out of this world," said the Russian-born Kuzmina.
Combined skier Johannes Rydzek and ski jumper Carina Vogt also became world champions, as did biathlete Erik Lesser at the World Championships in Kontiolahti.