10 things to know about Olympic Biathlon
November 11, 2013 08:00 am
Venue: Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Center
Gold medals on offer: 11
Dates: Saturday February 8 – Saturday February 22
Number of Team GB athletes: Men: 1 Women: 1
Prone: The lying down – on your front – shooting position
Magazine: Also known as the clip. The part of the rifle used to hold the five rounds of ammunition
Harness: Backpack like shoulder straps used for carrying the rifle on the back
Zeroing: Time before competition when an athlete shoots at paper targets to adjust the rifle sights for wind and light conditions
When a biathlete hits a target in the shooting range, a different coloured disc flips up to show the hit.
An athlete’s wrist must not touch the ground while they are in the prone – lying on their front – position in the shooting range.