Terje Krokstad of Norway won the ten-kilometres biathlon at Lake Placid in New York State on tuesday (6 February).
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Per Andersson of Sweden launching off and skiing along biathlon route at Lake Placid, New York State.
SV: Bill Brooks of Canada skiing along.
SV: Urs Brechbuhl of Switzerland skiing along route.
GV: No 2, Andre Geourjon of France skiing, PULLS UP TO begin firing rifle, with No 3 Taoani Koykka of Finland alongside him. (3 shots)
SV: No 4 Heinz Boettcher of East Germany finishes shooting and skis off.
GV: No 17 Sigleif Johansen of Norway skiing up to finish line.
GV: No 46 Yvon Mougel skiing to finish line.
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Background: Terje Krokstad of Norway won the ten-kilometres biathlon at Lake Placid in New York State on tuesday (6 February). He completed the event -- a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting -- in thirty four minutes, thirty-five point one nine seconds. In second and third places were Yvon Mougel of France, and Heikki Ikola of Finland.
SYNOPSIS: Per Andersson of Sweden was one of the sixty-five competitors on the course of Mount Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid. He was to finish fourteenth, almost four minutes slower than Krokstad's winning time.
Here's Bill Brooks of Canada, who finished in fifty-first place.
Urs Brechbuhl of Switzerland was to finish twenty-ninth. The ten kilometres is one of three Olympic biathlon races, and is classified as a sprint.
The biathlon developed from bear hunting in Scandinavia. In the shooting section, competitors fire a point two-two rifle at a range of fifty metres.
First recognised as an Olympic sport in 1960, the biathlon remains the least known of all the events that will take place here at Lake Placid
during next year's Winter Olympic Games.
Heinz Boettcher of East Germany completes his shooting, then skis away to finish thirty-seventh. The highest-placed of his compatriots, Matthias Jung, came only fifteenth.
Sigleif Johansen of Norway was to fare better, coming in sixth in just under thirty-six and a quarter minutes. He was one of three Norwegians, including Krokstad, the victor, in the first ten placings.
And it was a satisfying result for Yvon Mougel of France -- second place and only forty seconds behind Krokstad's winning time.