Want to Leave Your Comfort Zone? Tackle a Biathlon

Winter and summer sports might not seem like they go together, but they do. It’s a unique — and grueling — combo sport called biathlon.

We’re all familiar with the concept of marathons and triathlons. But biathlons? “Combining shooting and cross-country skiing creates a mixture of extreme focus and unbearable pain,” reads the film description. Lovely.

Want to know more? Check out Salomon’s latest athlete-forward film: a firsthand look at what it takes to become an athlete in this sport, how the courses work, and more.

Biathlons are competitive, endurance-filled jaunts that attract thousands of athletes from across Europe and the world. It’s essentially a time trial: The athlete with the shortest time for the rifle shooting and cross-country course wins. But accuracy with the rifle is critical — miss a target, and you’ll have to ski a penalty lap.

Salomon biathletes
Salomon biathletes Arnd Peiffer and Marte Olsbu Røiseland

In this short film, eight Salomon biathletes walk us through what it takes and how they deal with physical challenges. Members from the French, German, and Norwegian teams speak about how they train, choose coaches to work with, and work as a team to improve their game.

“We work together,” said one of the athletes. “It’s a good life to live.” Is there a special recipe for success? A sweet spot for training? Watch the film to find out.

“Inside Biathlon” includes footage of the following athletes: Julia Simon, Antonin Guigonnat, Simon Desthieux, Arnd Peiffer, Erik Lesser, Marte Olsbu Røiseland, Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen, and Erlend Bjøntegaard.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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