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Biathlon Orienteering

Biathlon Orienteering (also known as orienteering shooting) is a combination of the navigation sport of orienteering with rifle shooting. This unique combination tests both physical endurance and navigational skills.

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Biathlon Orienteering is another variation of the traditional Winter Olympic sport of biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The sport, invented in Sweden, is mainly practiced in the Nordic countries, as well as a few other European countries.

Biathlon orienteering is a sport with the same structure to traditional biathlon, a endurance event combined with shooting. The endurance component is orienteering, a sport where participants use a map and compass to navigate through unfamiliar terrain and find specific control points. The shooting component is usually conducted using small-bore biathlon rifles to shoot at conventional biathlon targets at a distance of 50 meters .

The orienteering format can either be freestyle (classic) style and/or point orienteering.

The sport is organized internationally by the International Biathlon Orienteering Federation (IBOF), and the World Biathlon Orienteering Championship (WBOC) is held annually.

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