CBR offers biathlon training for boys and girls from 11 years of age. It is a myth that most Biathletes start skiing before they can walk and hone their talent on a rifle starting at 8 years of age. Many World Cup and Olympic level athletes and medalists start biathlon in their teens. Myriam Bedard, who won two Olympic Gold medals (Lillehammer 1994) and an Olympic Bronze medal (Albertville 1992) started biathlon at 15 years of age. She is the only Canadian biathlete, male or female, to win an Olympic medal and the only North American biathlete to win Olympic Gold.
Nathan Smith who was born and raised in Calgary, started Biathlon in his teens. He is currently Canada’s top male Biathlete. As of December 2015 he has one World Cup Gold medal and two World Cup Silver medals.
Martin Fourcade, a French biathlete who won two Olympic Gold medals and one Silver at Sochi in 2014, Silver at Vancouver in 2010, started biathlon at 14 years of age. He has over 100 IBU World Cup and 14 World Championship Cup podium finishes. He is the seventh man in history to achieve the “Triple Crown” in biathlon (Olympic Gold, Overall World Cup Gold and World Championship Gold). He is the current Wayne Gretzky of Biathlon and enjoys rock star status.
In short, some athletes start at 8 years of age, some start much later and still achieve great success.
Profile on Rosanna Crawford, one of Canada’s current leading female biathletes. Rosanna Crawford and Nathan Smith won a Silver medal at the World Cup biathlon single mixed relay event in Oestersund, Sweden on Nov 29, 2015.
Profile of British Olympian Athlete Lee Jackson, on what it takes to win in Biathlon