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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.
(Individual Sports, other than specified) sport a contest in which skiers with rifles shoot at four targets along a 20-kilometre (12.5-mile) cross-country course
1. an athletic contest in which cross-country skiers carrying rifles shoot at targets along a course.
2. an athletic contest comprising any two consecutive events, as running and cycling.
biathlon- Consists of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
See also related terms for shooting.