The 2019 BMW Biathlon World Cup comes to Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway, Utah from February 14 to 17, 2019. This is the first major international biathlon competition to be held at Soldier Hollow since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The event is spread over four days of competition with Sprint races on Thursday and Friday, double-header Pursuits on Saturday, and both a Single Mixed Relay and Mixed Relay on Sunday. The competition will feature new courses and an updated biathlon stadium layout. One of nine stops on the IBU World Cup tour, the 2019 Biathlon World Cup at Soldier Hollow will include approximately 28 nations and over 180 athletes.
Biathlon combines cross-country skiing with shooting and has its roots in winter survival skills practiced in the forests of Scandinavia where people hunted on skis. A biathlon competition consists of a race in which contestants ski through a cross-country trail system whose total distance is divided into either two or four shooting rounds, half in prone position, the other half standing. For each shooting round, the biathlete must hit five targets and receives a penalty lap or time for each missed target. Biathlon made its Olympic debut in its current form in 1960. With a total cumulative TV viewership approaching one billion, biathlon is the most popular winter sport in Europe.
The last and only Biathlon World Cup Solider Hollow hosted was in 2001 prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Approximately 28 nations and 180 athletes will be coming to Midway, Utah for the 2019 Biathlon World Cup.
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