• Short Summary

    The British Biathlon
    Team is currently completing final training in Norway before flying to Sapporo,
    Japan, for the Winter Olympics in February.

  • Description

    The British Biathlon
    Team is currently completing final training in Norway before flying to Sapporo,
    Japan, for the Winter Olympics in February. For many of the team members, it's
    the culmination of ten years of training in an effort to improve Britain's
    standing in this sport.

    For Visnews, cameraman Gerhard Medoch travelled to Mordseter, near
    Lillehammer--3,000 feet up in the Norwegian mountains. There, braving
    temperatures of minus 12 degrees Centigrade, he filmed the team--most of them
    from the British Army--skiing against a Norwegian team and testing their
    marksmanship on a shooting range.

    SYNOPSIS: Three thousand feet up in the mountains of Norway, members of the
    British biathlon team are completing their training before flying to Sapporo,
    Japan, for the Winter Olympics in February. Most of the team are members of the
    British Army.

    Ray Homer, at the start here, is one of the two non-Army members in the team. On
    this particular day's training, the British team received competition practice
    from a group of Norwegians over a twenty-kilometre course. For many of the team,
    the Olympics will be the culmination of ten long years of training in an effort
    to improve Britain's standing int he sport. Twelve competitors were in training
    in Norway, but only six of them will compete in their sport in Japan.

    Alan Notley, the team captain, is one of the men who has been in training for
    ten years. In the biathlon, fitness and stamina over the gruelling curse have to
    be combined with shooting skill in four separate tests of marksmanship. And
    that's tough test of self-control in temperatures of minus twelve degrees
    Centigrade.

    Malcolm Hirst is one of the most promising candidates for the team. This
    twenty-six-year-old soldier was placed seventeenth in the event during last
    year's world championships in Finland. The biathlon evolved from Scandinavia,
    probably as reminder of the days when men had to ski long distances across
    country while defending themselves from marauding wolves. So other countries
    have found it difficult to break the stranglehold of northern peoples like the
    Scandinavians, Russians and East Germans on the event.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAMZZRK75R5ZH888EK2NZ78WSN
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMZZRK75R5ZH888EK2NZ78WSN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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