February 8, 1992 |
Figure skating and Alpine skiing--and hockey at 20-year intervals--are the glamour events of the Winter Olympics, as Americans know them. So what does that make the Nordic events--ski jumping and cross-country skiing? Well, on this side of the Atlantic, Nordic skiing stands every bit as tall as those other events. And so does the biathlon, which, although technically not a Nordic event, is close enough to be at least a cousin.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The Winter Olympics record for most medals won is in position to be broken after Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won the men's 10-kilometer sprint in biathlon Saturday at the Sochi Games. Bjoerndalen, of Norway, won his 12th overall medal and seventh gold. He is tied with fellow Norwegian cross-country legend Bjorn Daehlie for most medals and should break his record when he competes later in the men's and mixed relays. Bjoerndalen, 40, also became the oldest gold-medal winner, breaking the mark of Canadian skeleton rider Duff Gibson, who was 39 when he won gold in 2006.
April 28, 1990 |
Twelve-year-old Brian Newsham of Encinitas could barely wait for the start of the Los Angeles Spring Biathlon last month. He was entering the event--a 2-mile run/9-mile bike ride/2-mile run--with his mom, 41-year-old Sherry Newsham. But he had more than pride riding on the outcome. The loser would be the winner's slave for the day. The 400 other entrants in that March biathlon had their own reasons for rising early on a Sunday to make the start time at Irwindale's Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area.
February 21, 1992 |
Josh Thompson of Gunnison, Colo., finished 16th in the men's 20-kilometer biathlon race, the best U.S. biathlon showing of the Games. "I just felt better out there today. I've been skiing the course more and now I'm comfortable with it. At first, the climbs were a little intimidating. Now they're not so bad." Thompson said he felt much better with his showings here than he did four years ago at Calgary. "I'm walking away with a smile on my face this time," he said.
February 8, 1998 |
It has always been difficult being an American in Olympic biathlon competition, particularly in Nagano. Japan has some of the strictest gun-control laws on the planet, and Olympic officials here are scrutinizing the registration of biathletes. Among the security measures: * Retinal scans are taken of each biathlete for identification purposes.
February 14, 1988 |
At 6, his fantasies were of ski poles and Daisy air rifles, not fishing poles and Louisville baseball bats. He was a pink-cheeked snowchild from a 1,000-inhabitant Idaho town that was becoming something of an unplanned Olympic village, which was home to 10 different skiers who would go to the Games, and already he was out there among them, striding and gliding in regional competitions. At 18, as the war was escalating in Vietnam, Idaho Sen.
February 26, 2006 |
Michael Greis skied into the final shooting stage still in Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's shadow. When Bjoerndalen missed two targets and Greis shot clean, the 29-year-old German became the first three-time gold medalist at the Winter Olympics. Greis also surpassed the Norwegian as biathlon's biggest star. "It's incredible that I'm the most successful athlete of theGames," said Greis, who won the first Olympic men's 15-kilometer mass start race Saturday.