How ski warfare created biathlon

  • Published on 7 months ago

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    It all started as a military exercise in Norway.
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    Biathlon 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.
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    2013 story on European biathlon popularity: www.csmonitor.com/World/Olympics/2010/0213/Winter-Olympics-Why-biathlon-is-the-most-popular-sport-in-Europe
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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

7 months ago
No One
No One

Ehhh, the Soviet Union, not the Russians...

3 months ago
Pain
Pain

Are u guys not making a video on the Florida shooting

7 months ago
Rodigo Duterte
Rodigo Duterte

biathlon should be the mandatory training for every military trainig... but if you live in a nation without snow... change the ski tool with skate board.. it way cooler than hiding behind the rock like a lizard :v

7 months ago
G+1121494
G+1121494

You may found that even Duelling was a competition in the precursor games to modern olympics.

7 months ago
Stevan Terzic
Stevan Terzic

Don't...Read....My....Username!

26 days ago
Daculus
Daculus

Kiitos Oskari!

Month ago
Alia Ris
Alia Ris

Talk about having to concentrate with high heartbeats rate and troubled breathing...they should try Chess Boxing instead!

Month ago
Hissam Ullah
Hissam Ullah

After the Finnish ski troops, Siberian ski troops were the best ski warfare units in WWII. Siberian troops transferred from the Far East to the Moscow front launched a massive counteroffensive against the Wehrmacht.

4 months ago
H S
H S

Great stuff

5 months ago
Jon dow
Jon dow

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAmazingAtheist/videos

5 months ago
Nerf Elite Army
Nerf Elite Army

The only thing faster than light is... Simo Häyhä clicking on this video

5 months ago
Nerf Elite Army
Nerf Elite Army

lol

5 months ago
ThatGuyIDK_99
ThatGuyIDK_99

Nerf Elite Army yes

5 months ago
Oliver Marthin
Oliver Marthin

2:03 When you use a poster that mean something else of what you said.

6 months ago
Hoàng Trần Minh
Hoàng Trần Minh

i can already hear finns yelling soumi shouting about their white death simo hayha.

6 months ago
PIGEON MAN
PIGEON MAN

Remember when top gear did this

6 months ago
Erik Nurminen
Erik Nurminen

song at 1:39 ?

6 months ago
mr bear
mr bear

Ok so iv had an idea for the longest time and i want it to take off. Its call skate guns, take you're skateboard and what ever calibar handgun or rifle and do a trick off the ramp while hitting the target. Rules are simple each has one shot,30 feet away moving and the best tirck with a target hit gets the most points. Iv tried this with bb guns and it works pretty well. Only problem is safety concerns.

6 months ago
Adham Labwam
Adham Labwam

Lol, just got an NRA ad

7 months ago
Thomas Bubniak
Thomas Bubniak

While I generally disagree with your politics, I do enjoy the fact videos of yours

7 months ago
Martin Kronström
Martin Kronström

Let's create a new sport. Swimming and fishing. Swimathon.

7 months ago
J. Alexander Curtis
J. Alexander Curtis

Well "Aquathon" is already a thing. Its the swim and run portions of a triathlon. But id sign up for your Swimathon

5 months ago
Supreme Leader Snoke
Supreme Leader Snoke

Competitive spear fishing?

6 months ago
kjeksomanen
kjeksomanen

That's such a cool idea! :D One could have courses with small islands and different rules with regards to fishing methods.

6 months ago
IllumiNASI DAS Bildungfernsehen
IllumiNASI DAS Bildungfernsehen

I love biathlon ❤❤❤❤ Laura Dahlmeier❤❤❤🥇🥇🥉

7 months ago
Hazzelnot
Hazzelnot

Torilla tavataan!

7 months ago
Macky Cabangon
Macky Cabangon

Should have been published on Finland's 100th anniversary

7 months ago
corgidog
corgidog

That looks awesome.

7 months ago
Just Me
Just Me

Thank you for the video 🤗 I absolutely love biathlon. I discovered it on TV a few years ago and have been watching every single race since then. It really seems to be getting more and more exciting every season. So many athletes who can finish on the podium and so many different events. I am lucky to live in Germany. Biathlon is after football the second most popular sport here. Obviously considering the fact that the Germans currently are the strongest team in biathlon, helps gaining new viewers every year. I really hope that it gets more attention, especially in the United States or Great Britain. It already is very popular in huge parts of Europe. This sport is so entertaining. Absolutely love watching it every winter.

7 months ago
Brandon H.
Brandon H.

Nice 007 reference!

7 months ago
Mathys Morin
Mathys Morin

Last rest warrior mmvhrd model off graduate spirit military involve stroke.

7 months ago
Samuel Tapia
Samuel Tapia

night orientation permit treasure doorway round ratio.

7 months ago
Faalhaas Meulenbelt
Faalhaas Meulenbelt

Boss queen German ciazdd twelve such single garbage bag screen cattle.

7 months ago
Drugged Plumber
Drugged Plumber

Alot of footage from Holmenkollen.

7 months ago
Michael Christon
Michael Christon

Yeah... the historical accuracy is bs in this

7 months ago
Cancer in a Can
Cancer in a Can

winter war, boys good ol' Simo Häyhä

7 months ago
ismael dumas
ismael dumas

official limb fee starting belly tuck huh warm.

7 months ago
SPACEER
SPACEER

I found an easy way to win just have your rifle out the entire event and if anybody tries to pass you then BOOM! headshot!

7 months ago
Sondre Ronander
Sondre Ronander

Make an Ole Einar Bjørndalen special

7 months ago
TsarCASM
TsarCASM

Rigth Chaps! Better Give Us Norwegians A Round Of Applause For Our Idea And Invention Of Skiing!

7 months ago
Fhantom99
Fhantom99

Sooo when are they going to make eating MREs an Olympic sport? Your move Marines...

7 months ago
Im Batman
Im Batman

Bf1 should make this game mode

7 months ago
Jarl S
Jarl S

I want to see ski jumping combined with skeet shooting! You set off with your two-shot shotgun - as you jump off two skeets are sent flying across your path. Points is then awarded for number of skeets downed, style and jump length. A surefire crowd pleaser! -Regards, A Norwegian

7 months ago
Mikoo Avullan
Mikoo Avullan

SUOMII VIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU\ PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

7 months ago
Mshojat
Mshojat

Wait Fins fought Ruskies in WW2? Why? That seems like it would be more of a WW1 thing or something. Was Finland allied with Germany?

7 months ago
LeadHammer
LeadHammer

It sure was.

7 months ago
oscar linden
oscar linden

Finland won the war against Russia....

7 months ago
Sphere723
Sphere723

I don't think this is the sport for me. I like shooting people, but I don't like skiing.

7 months ago
Arsenic Poisoning
Arsenic Poisoning

it is more interesting with Finnish Soldiers swooping in and gunning down soviets

7 months ago
Tutoi 3
Tutoi 3

WINTER WAR =)

7 months ago
John Mabry
John Mabry

Combines athleticism and technical skill and has military roots? Just like marching band and drum corps in the US.

7 months ago
USSEntrprise
USSEntrprise

0:48 "Cross country skiing, use in history and war, some addition to and illumination of our earlier conditions of military conscription" "Kristiania(Oslo's old name), printed at 'name of printer' - 1865, with 3 lithographs" just in case you wondered ;)

7 months ago
And3
And3

Suomi Viina Perkele

7 months ago
Demilade Olaleye
Demilade Olaleye

First time I'm even hearing about this, no one watches Winter Olympics in Nigeria cos it's literally Summer all year round

7 months ago
thebaws
thebaws

Winter Sports and Norway. Name me a more iconic duo.

7 months ago
l30nardo_da_v1nci1
l30nardo_da_v1nci1

I thought that was a Bionicle in the thumbnail

7 months ago
Breeze
Breeze

Finally... *UNSUBBED*

7 months ago
ybunnygurl
ybunnygurl

Pentathlon also involves shooting. Just in case YOU MISSED IT.

7 months ago
J H
J H

FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE! FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE!FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE!FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE!FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE!FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE!FINLAND DID NOT LOSE THE BATTLE!It was a tie. some land had to be given to soviets in the seace fire negotiations. NEVERTHELESS FINLAND KEPT ITS INDEPENDENCE, WHEN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES LOST THEIRS

7 months ago
lilbeserk
lilbeserk

Here in SoCal, we have surfing while shooting our AR15's @ great whites! The ultimate Biathlon @ Sea!

7 months ago
N M
N M

Finland didn't loose the winter war. Russia tried to invade Finland but stopped shortly after major losses. If we had lost, I would be speaking russian rigth now.

7 months ago
Patrick White
Patrick White

WINTER WAR

7 months ago
Sten
Sten

>Finland >WW2 >not referring to it as the Winter War, the Continuation War and the Lapland War Amateurs.

7 months ago
Djobo Kuwali
Djobo Kuwali

I just can't imagine killing someone wearing a pair of skis...Like "hey wanna get get some hot chocolate when we get to the bottom?" Yeah, right after I KILL YOU

7 months ago
Nathaniel Arellano
Nathaniel Arellano

What is the punishment for the soldiers who miss the target?

7 months ago
Nerrvih
Nerrvih

wtf i hate biatholon now

7 months ago
Arditya Ariapratama
Arditya Ariapratama

*FINNS DIDN'T LOSE THE WINTER WAR YOU LEFTIST COMMIE PROPAGANDA SCUM*

7 months ago
Zzyzx Wolfe
Zzyzx Wolfe

Simo Häyhä is still the world biathlon champion.

7 months ago
xheppelin
xheppelin

I thought it was a sport that came from hunting. Because of course that could quickly become competitive, then someone comes along and says “why don’t we make this a sport” and then you have just that.

7 months ago
Marginated Bread Humor
Marginated Bread Humor

I thought this channel has a bunch of liberal followers, not once in this did I hear about guns or anything negative

7 months ago
Aguila701
Aguila701

Seems dangerous with all those guns and all those people.

7 months ago
Grant Gardner
Grant Gardner

Finland against Russians? (around 1:55)

7 months ago
e n o u g h
e n o u g h

Paint the snow red with commie blood!

7 months ago
carlip
carlip

cool concept, downvote because Vox.

7 months ago
Stance Punk
Stance Punk

in b4 Diane Feinstein wants to ban this too

7 months ago
Morty Sanchez
Morty Sanchez

I was in 10th Mountain division... In Louisiana, a state known for its flatness. 10th Mountain division does not train Mountain Warfare anymore. I honestly believe the mountain tab should be the same as the Airborne tab and should be a requirement for American mountain soldiers

7 months ago
Dave Publiday
Dave Publiday

If you change the rules so that the competitors must shoot each other, then you'd have the USA watching it...

7 months ago
Thezebraherd
Thezebraherd

Lol why is something with guns popular in Europe but not the US

7 months ago
Stina Leppänen
Stina Leppänen

T O R I L L E

7 months ago
Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis

That would be cool if they shot while still moving.

7 months ago
Iiris Sydänmaanlakka
Iiris Sydänmaanlakka

Torilla tavataan

7 months ago
Dan B Cooper
Dan B Cooper

Female Biathlon should be a major sport in the US; Hot chicks in spandex and guns, how could any sport be better? This is the best winter sport ever.

7 months ago
brwi1
brwi1

Why does the Olympics glorify these psychos who ski around with military grade weapons of war?

7 months ago
WlatPziupp
WlatPziupp

Why on earth do you call it something as extremely vague as "biathlon" instead of the much clearer and more obvious "Ski shooting"?

7 months ago
William Theodore Moningka
William Theodore Moningka

Snowtroopers need to join this drill

7 months ago
Amaan Ali Khan
Amaan Ali Khan

*he learned to wax he’s own ski*

7 months ago
Gabe Wulfman
Gabe Wulfman

While it’s good that the sport is getting attention, you guys trivialized a truly complex subject again... there’s so much more than your cleanly edited 3 minute video can give off.

7 months ago
Kapteeni Finland
Kapteeni Finland

Vox, why are you not making a video about what's going on in South Africa? You could do a video about the systematic racism and the drought at the same time.

7 months ago
Butt Mash
Butt Mash

Interesting video.

7 months ago
jens jensen
jens jensen

Horse archery???

7 months ago
Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer

I love Robin Williams bit on biathlon "Swedish" drive by.

7 months ago
CluelessKomodoDragon
CluelessKomodoDragon

Finland DID NOT lose, if it lost it would have been occupied like Estonia, Latvia etc. Finland lost some land, but kept their independence.

7 months ago
Abdox
Abdox

2:05 The Swedish poster is not really ”propaganda”, the meaning of it is to encourage you to join the “Frivilligkåren” and help Finland against the soveits.

7 months ago
Leon Kepp
Leon Kepp

Lol, the Fins used “alpine skills”?! There are no Alps in Finland 😂

7 months ago
Kristiina Ala-Kokko
Kristiina Ala-Kokko

Vox- After that “although they lost the battle” comment about the winter war, I thing it’s only fair you follow up with a “winter war, explained” video. At the time, Finland did not have a military, but Finns held off one of the largest military powers in the world. This took a huge tole on the soviets. As Finns, we are extremely proud of the winter war despite having to give up some land. People who haven’t studied the war tend to draw conclusions about it, when by all means the winter war is full of anomalies.

7 months ago
Herr Denker
Herr Denker

On which planet did Finland lose against Russia? It certainly wasnt planet Earth...

7 months ago
Ilse Vd Sar
Ilse Vd Sar

Why are people from the fifty's and before always talking so weird. And why aren't we talking like that anymore. It would be so great if Vox could make a video about it.

7 months ago
Chrischi4598
Chrischi4598

The Germans favorite sport when there's no football

7 months ago
0MindSwept0
0MindSwept0

Freaking war T_T

7 months ago
Amy C.
Amy C.

I have been wondering!!!!!

7 months ago
tom d
tom d

That is it? Ugh, weak

7 months ago
Mackenzy Philpott
Mackenzy Philpott

Please do a video on ADD/ADHD! A non-opinion based video just facts.

7 months ago
kalja Leo
kalja Leo

Suomi PERKELE!

7 months ago
InternetExplorers
InternetExplorers

What an extremely white event

7 months ago
Emack B
Emack B

Somehow I, an American who only watches biathlon during the olympics, knew all of this lmao. I wish I could just happen to know and memorize things like math lmao. It would be so much more useful for me haha.

7 months ago
Brian Wyters
Brian Wyters

They should have said Ruso-Finnish war or both. And also Tom Scott tried this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbptPx9dmC4

7 months ago
Emil Aaltonen
Emil Aaltonen

Suomi mainittu, torilla tavataan!!

7 months ago
Ilsunny Lo
Ilsunny Lo

When we gonna have chainsaw on roller blades sport? We got to prepare for zombie apocalypse

7 months ago
norgan
norgan

Ilsunny Lo That makes no sense

7 months ago
SKITTLeLA
SKITTLeLA

TIL that Finland fought Russia in WWII.

7 months ago
Sir Jaojao
Sir Jaojao

SKITTLeLA didn't you know?

7 months ago

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