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Ski Orienteering is one of the most challenging sports. Having its origins in the 1890s, Ski Orienteering is a sport with long traditions and is a recognised Olympic sport. It is a unique way to enjoy the outdoors and to improve your health at the same time. Ski Orienteering is ideal for people of all ages, physical ability and training. In essence it is finding your way through a number of control points with the aid of a map and compass in the shortest possible time.

Athletes who take part not only require the endurance and physical strength of Cross-Country Skiing but also the mental stamina found in the summer sport of Orienteering. Technically they must be able to ski through challenging narrow soft tracks and changing terrain whilst at the same time utilising their map reading and quick decision making skills to navigate themselves through the course in the quickest time. All the tracks are mapped and the athlete’s task is to use the map to select the optimal path from one control point to another, taking into account both the quality of the track and the difference in height. Ski Orienteering uses no fixed structures, the natural environment is the arena.

Taking place in Seefeld, at the Winter World Master Games 2020, athletes can compete in four distances (Model event, Sprint, Middle and Long). The competitions during the Winter World Masters Games in Innsbruck will also serve as the World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships.

At this link you can find a livestream of the contest.

Schedule:

2020 01 13 Ski Orienteering Program en

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Biathlon

Originating in the 19th century in Norway as an exercise for soldiers, Biathlon is a winter Olympic ski sport that combines cross-country skiing with rifle shooting. Athletes require both excellent stamina and endurance for the cross-country element while the shooting component demands accuracy and controlled precision.

At the Winter World Masters Games 2020 the Biathlon takes place in Seefeld. This discipline consists of three events: Sprint, Individual and Relay. In the team relay, 2-3 athletes from one or several nations can form a team and participate together. Depending on the competition, missed shots result in extra distance or in time penalties being added to the contestants total. The winner of the race is the biathlete who finishes with the shortest time at the end.

At this link you can find a livestream of the contest.

Schedule:

2020 01 13 Biathlon Program en

Subject to change

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