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OK... right off the bat, this is pretty cool. I don't know if any of you are watching updates on this sport, but it's pretty intense. Up until now I had never known much about the biathalon.

Descriptions of the events:
http://www.olympics.com/x/f/frame.htm?u=http%3A//www.olympics.com/ats/bt/bt_events.html&s=sloc

A little background on the sport (and it's place in the US)
http://www.msnbc.com/news/702282.asp
(Thought the bit about it starting as a competition between border guards was a hoot)

I would love to see more of this sport, and find it very interesting. Too bad we're not doing as well in it this year. Or really ever, for that matter.

Cheers,
Tim
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Haven't been following it terribly closely - I usually tune in in the evenings and deal with whatever pabulum NBC is serving up.

Biatholon's like luge - it has big followings in certain European countries, but not here.

Drives me nuts that we never hear about biatholon, curling, whatever, until it's Olympics time.

I remember being a little kid and being glued to Wide World of Sports every week. They'd have 2-3 events from around the world - World cup skiing races, major national gymnastic meets, even some biathlon. Any given Saturday, you'd get a real education in what turned other parts of the world on, sporting-wise.

Sigh.

<EOR>

Foolishjk
*just supplied the board's first slightly OT rant
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