Biathlon is an extraordinary winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The sport is rooted in Scandinavian skiing traditions dating back to the 18th century, when a combination of skiing and shooting was used as a training exercise for the Norwegian military. The modern biathlon is a variant of the old military exercise; contestants ski through a cross-country trail with designated shooting rounds along the course. The shooting rounds are not always timed, but the sport is considered a race. Biathlon first appeared in the Winter Olympic Games in 1924 as military patrol, and was reintroduced to the Winter Olympics as biathlon in 1960. Punters interested in biathlon betting will find comprehensive betting markets with competitive odds at the LV BET Sportsbook — your one-stop destination for sports betting.



To bet on biathlon, you’ll need to be familiar with the basics! In biathlon, competitors cover distances of 7.5 to 20km (4.35 to 12.43mi), completing between two and four shooting rounds, standing or prone. The biathlete must hit five targets with a small-bore rifle at a distance of 50m (164ft) or receive a penalty for missed targets, which varies depending on the competition. The athlete with the shortest total time wins the competition.

There are multiple competition formats with different rules and distances. The official biathlon formats are individual, sprint, super sprint, pursuit, mass start, mass start 60, relay, mixed relay and single mixed relay. Team events also exist but have been obsolete at the World Cup level since 2004. 

The sport is governed by the International Biathlon Union (IBU), which organises and oversees several major biathlon competitions. If you’re interested in biathlon betting, look into the IBU Cup, World Championships, BMW World Cup Biathlon and the Open European Championships. The IBU also hosts several youth and junior tournaments, like the IBU Junior Cup and the Youth/Junior World Championships. And don’t forget the quadrennial Winter Olympic Games!


Biathlon is one of the most popular winter sports, with a strong following in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France and Russia. At LV BET, you will find a range of betting markets on the biggest and most anticipated biathlon competitions of the year, including the IBU World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games. 

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