I've been skiing once, so I feel qualified to talk about the winter Olympics. Also I have been ice skating before, but this isn't about that.
I have a new favorite Olympic sport! It is not one that I would participate in and apparently a lot of Americans feel this way since we kind of suck at it. Also it is somewhat boring to watch at times, but the concept makes me happy. Do you know what I'm talking about? I'm talking about the Biathlon.
The Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and, um, rifle shooting. Rifle shooting! Ha ha, how great is that?!
Here's a basic rundown of the sport, just in case you aren't up on it: Contestants ski a cross-country track that is interrupted by shooting stations, half of which must be taken in a prone position and the other half standing. For every miss, the skier must take a penalty lap.
According to Wikipedia, the sport has its origins as a training exercise for the Norwegian military. Another reason to love Norway (the other reason being Roald Dahl)!
When these guys cross the finish line a lot of them fall over because they are so tired. Yes, I like that part too.
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