Biathlon is a cool sport, because it has guns. This concept should be incorporated into more sports, especially the Bobsleigh.

As you can tell from the lil chart below, the Biathlon is completely dominated by Europeans. Not just the men's events, throughout the time it's been an Olympic sport, only three medals has been won by a non-European, 2 Golds and a Bronze by Canadian Myriam Bédard.

A quick note about the scoring. For the 20km, the first set of shots is taken after 4 km, every 4 km after that. That's 5 shots per set of shots. For every shot missed, a 1 minute penalty is added to the person's time.

For the 10 km Sprint, there are two sets of shots taken, and for each shot missed, a 150m lap is taken.

For the 12.5 km Pursuit, it's 4 rounds of shots. The race is run by having the winner of a previous day's Sprint start first, with the other competitors leaving after him, having to wait as long as they were behind him the day before, before they can go. They then try n' chase after him. Fun. The penalty for missing a shot is a 150m penalty lap per shot missed.

For the relay, there are four people, each skiing 7.5 km, and shooting twice. The penalty is a lap for a miss.

Medal Count         Gold   Silver  Bronze
Russia               12      7       8
Germany              8       13      8
Norway               9       4       2
Finland              0       4       2
Sweden               1       0       4     
Italy                0       1       2
France               0       1       2
Belarus              0       0       1
Austria              0       0       1
Results by year:
  • Nagano, Japan. 1998
      20 km
    • Norway Halvard Hanevold 56:14.4 - Gold
    • Italy Pier Alberto Carrara 56:21.9 - Silver
    • Belarus Aleksei Aidarov 56:46.5 - Bronze

  • 10 km Sprint
  • Norway Ole Einar Bjoerndalen 27:16.2 - Gold
  • Norway Frode Andresen 28:17.8 - Silver
  • Finland Ville Raikkonen 28:21.7 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Germany - Gold
  • Norway - Silver
  • Russia - Bronze

  • Lillehammer, Norway. 1994
      20 km
    • Russia Sergey Tarassov 57:25.3 - Gold
    • Germany Frank Luck 57:28.7 - Silver
    • Germany Sven Fischer 57:41.9 - Bronze

  • 10 km Sprint
  • Russia Sergey Chepikov 28:07.0 - Gold
  • Germany Ricco Gross 28:13.0 - Silver
  • Russia Sergey Tarassov 28:27.4 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Germany - Gold
  • Russia - Silver
  • France - Bronze

  • Albertville, France. 1992
      20 km
    • Unified Team Yevgeni Redkin 57:34.4 - Gold
    • Germany Mark Kirchner 57:40.8 - Silver
    • Sweden Mikael Löfgren 57:59.4 - Bronze

  • 10 km Sprint
  • Germany Mark Kirchner 26:02.3 - Gold
  • Germany Ricco Gross 26:18.0 - Silver
  • Finland Harri Eloranta 26:26.6 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Germany - Gold
  • Unified Team - Silver
  • Sweden - Bronze

  • Calgary, Canada. 1988

  • 10 km Sprint
  • East Germany Frank-Peter Roetsch 25:08.1 - Gold
  • Soviet Union Valeriy Medvetsev 25:23.7 - Silver
  • Soviet Union Sergey Chepikov 25:29.4 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Soviet Union - Gold
  • West Germany - Silver
  • Italy - Bronze

  • Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. 1984

  • 10 km Sprint
  • Norway Eirik Kvalfoss 30:53.8 - Gold
  • West Germany Peter Angerer 31:02.4 - Silver
  • East Germany Matthias Jakob 31:10.5 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Soviet Union - Gold
  • Norway - Silver
  • West Germany - Bronze

  • Lake Placid, United States. 1980

  • 10 km Sprint
  • East Germany Frank Ulrich 32:10.69 - Gold
  • Soviet Union Vladimir Alikin 32:53.10 - Silver
  • Soviet UnionAnatoliy Alyabiev 33:09.16 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Soviet Union - Gold
  • East Germany - Silver
  • West Germany - Bronze

  • Innsbruck, Austria. 1976

  • 30 km Relay
  • Soviet Union - Gold
  • Finland - Silver
  • East Germany - Bronze

  • Sapporo, Japan. 1972
      20 km
    • Norway Magnar Solberg 1:15:55.50 - Gold
    • East Germany Hansjörg Knauthe 1:16:07.60 - Silver
    • Sweden Lars Arvidsson 1:16:27.03 - Bronze

  • 30 km Relay
  • Soviet Union - Gold
  • Finland - Silver
  • East Germany - Bronze

  • Grenoble, France. 1968

  • 30 km Relay
  • Soviet Union - Gold
  • Norway - Silver
  • Sweden - Bronze

  • Innsbruck, Austria. 1964

  • Squaw Valley, United States. 1960
      20 km
    • Sweden Klas Lestander 1:33:21.6 - Gold
    • Finland Antti Tyrväinen 1:33:57.7 - Silver
    • Soviet Union Alexander Privalov 1:34:54.2 - Bronze
  • Sources: cbs.sportsline.com, tsn.ca

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