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10 Bizarre Olympic Events


The biathlon is a perfect example of strange Olympic juxtapositions. Like cross-country skiing? Sure, it's a calm, rhythmic experience. How about shooting rifles at stuff? Oh yeah, it's an abrasive and jarring activity. But if you enjoy both of these dynamically opposite feelings, then you are an ideal candidate for (or spectator of) this sport, since it smashes the two together.

The biathlon -- a part of the games since 1960 -- involves bouts of zenlike cross country skiing punctuated by bursts of shooting the heck out of standing targets, only to be repeated until this weird event reaches its conclusion. At times, participants must shoot standing; at other points, they shoot from the prone position. Basically, this event turns survival skills into sport.

Up next, we take strange combos to a whole new level.