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Biathlon

Biathlon

The word biathlon is of Greek origin and means “two tests”. In this case, the two tests are skiing and shooting. The sport has its roots in snow-covered Scandinavia where an important survival skill was the ability to hunt on skis with a rifle slung over the shoulder.

Bobsleigh

Bobsleigh

Bobsleigh was born in the late 19th century when the Swiss attached a steering mechanism to a toboggan. Today’s sleds are built to be fast and aerodynamic with a rounded fiberglass nose and four highly polished steel runners.

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey

Structured ice hockey was born in eastern Canada in the early-to-mid-19th century. The word hockey comes from the old French word “hocquet” meaning stick.

Luge

Luge

The first international luge competition was held on February 12, 1883. Luge made its Olympic debut at Innsbruck 1964.

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