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Australia has been represented at seven Winter Olympic Games, since the first Australian biathlete, Andrew Paul, participated in 1984.
- 1984 Sarajevo: Andrew Paul
- 1988 Calgary: Andrew Paul
- 1992 Albertville: Kerryn Rim (Pethybridge), Sandra Paintin-Paul
- 1994 Lillehammer: Kerryn Rim, Sandra Paintin-Paul
- 1998 Nagano: Kerryn Rim
- 2006 Torino: Cameron Morton
- 2010 Vancouver: Alex Almoukov
Pictured is Alex Almoukov, currently Australia’s only World Cup biathlete, at Vancouver 2010.
Further info on Australians at the Winter Olympic Games, plus the 2014 Sochi prospective team, may be found at the Australian Olympic Committee website: http://sochi2014.olympics.com.au
Biathlon is a small sport in Australia, having started here in the 1970s. At that time, the sport of biathlon internationally was part of Modern Pentathlon (now UIPM).
The first official event in Australia was the Southern Aurora Cup in 1977. Events are all held at Whiskey Flat, Mt Hotham, the only accredited biathlon range in Australia.
There have been seven Australian representations at Winter Olympic Games.
From the 1986 newsletter … “Race entry fees Seniors $5 per weekend, Juniors/Students $3”
The Fourth Annual Paul Race Weekend was the biggest and best so far! Over 50 participants enjoyed easing into the Australian Biathlon 2013 season with some fun events. Highlight of the races was the “New Chum and Old Hand Coaching Challenge,” where the experienced coaches the novice during the event. Convenor Greg Paul (pictured) was thrilled with the event, which he started in memory of his parents Colin and Alice Paul, two founding members of Australian Biathlon in the 1970s.
We have just held the first of our three major “on snow” weekends, the Paul Race Weekend!
Reports on the Paul Weekend and the Fast and Female event are in the mid-July edition of Australian Biathlon News, click on this link for more: AUS Biathlon News. mid-July 2013
Australian Biathlon coaches Lynn-Maree Cullen and Toscha Stopar will be supporting organiser Allison Stoddart with Fast and Female at Falls Creek, Victoria, this Sunday 7 July.
Cullen is a retired World Cup athlete, who assists at biathlon activities in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Whiskey Flat Range at Mt Hotham, Victoria; Stopar was coach at the Inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games and coaches athletes in Melbourne, Victoria.
Cullen and Stopar will be introducing girls and young women to the new Larsen laser system, which has expanded the participation rate in biathlon exponentially since this new technology was introduced in Australia in February 2013.