How ski warfare created biathlon

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  • Published on:  Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • It all started as a military exercise in Norway.We interviewed a sports expert about the truth behind "mind over matter": http://bit.ly/2t8PzCcSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOBiathlon combines competitive Nordic skiing with rifle shooting. Although biathlon is extremely popular in Europe, most Americans are unfamiliar with the sport. For many of them, the sport seems like an odd combination of physical effort and mental skill, but there’s a fascinating explanation for how biathlon came to be.The sport of biathlon evolved over a long period of time and for much of that history it was primarily a military exercise to train soldiers for winter warfare. It all started in Norway, where a military officer decided to combine his love of skiing with his expertise in training tactics. Soon, the combination spread across Europe and national militaries started applying and developing his techniques to train their own winter warfare battalions.In both World Wars, ski warfare played a key role in several battles—most notably during the “Winter War” between Finland and Russia in 1940. During that skirmish, Finnish troops used their ski prowess to elude and attack the Russian enemy. Although the Finns lost the battle, they were able to inflict major losses against the much larger foreign army.Once WWII ended, soldiers returned home and began popularizing the sport of skiing around the world. Instead of using their ski skills for warfare, they turned to recreational endeavors like ski racing, skill competitions, and biathlon. During the next decade, the ski industry boomed. In 1960, biathlon was introduced as an official Olympic sport and it has continued to grow in popularity ever since. Although much has changed about the sport, modern biathlon still retains the unmistakable traces of its military origins. To learn what those are, make sure to watch the video above.Resources: 2013 story on European biathlon popularity: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Olymp...Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    The Winter Olympics are over, but that doesn't mean we're done being obsessed with the events. We interviewed an expert about the Olympics, ultra-endurance events like biathlon, and the truth behind "mind over matter" in sport: http://bit.ly/2t8PzCc

  • L A F O R Ê T

     1 years ago

    A sport involving guns and Americans don't know about it? That's crazy.

  • Ian Mackenzie

     5 months ago

    If it isn't stupid American football or NBA basketball, they are pretty ignorant.

  • J. Alexander Curtis

     1 years ago

    Americans are drawn to team sports and Europeans tend to be drawn towards individual sports. The only exception to this is really Soccer (Called Football by everyone in the world other than the USA) which is the most popular sport worldwide. Cricket has moderate popularity in a few regions like the UK. But other than that, team sports don't have the same popularity in Europe as they do in the states. Americans love Football (the one played with the oblong ball), Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, etc and we...

  • Lashan

     1 years ago

    2:45 That Olympic graphic was way too slick. Give your animators a raise

  • jhameel Bae

     1 years ago

    they always have good motion graphics and animation it is really hard work

  • Sir Jaojao

     1 years ago

    Lashan yes I agree

  • Asap Animation

     1 years ago

    As a Norwegian, I'm proud to wear skis and a rifle on my way to work every day

  • Sebastian

     1 years ago

    We don't have polar bears, we only have rysian bears, and beards.

  • Иван

     1 years ago

    Do your children wear a rifle on their way to the school as well?

  • Felix Mölsä

     1 years ago

    The Swedish poster isn't for the Swedish military it is telling sweds to volunteer to the benifit of their brothers (the finns)

  • Sir Jaojao

     1 years ago

    Felix Mölsä true

  • Online Commentator

     1 years ago

    "Finns lost the battle">Literally stopped the most brutal army in Europe, killed over 126,875 Russians and kept our independenceOkay Vox, okay...

  • Moomin Slayer

     3 months ago

    @john v Umm way more than 120 000, its not like they killed every single soldier, thats not how war works.

  • New Message

     1 years ago

    Call it 'shooting skiers' and viewership will quadruple overnight.

  • Seppo Erviälä

     1 years ago

    That's what they call it in Finnish

  • Mint Mastering

     1 years ago

    Or GTA Snow

  • Aleksitaly92

     1 years ago

    Suomi mainittu!

  • Kaappo Raivio

     1 years ago

    KUKA TUO MAKKARAT

  • Milton Waddams

     1 years ago

    HYVÄ MIKA, HYVÄ SUOMI!!! MIIIIIKA HÄKKINEN.

  • Lipidi

     1 years ago

    I wouldn't say that Finland lost the winter war

  • Moomin Slayer

     3 months ago

    @James Tang Don't speak on a matter you clearly don't know anything about.

  • työ miäs

     1 years ago

    Yes, Kaisa Mäkäräinen in the thumbnail!