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Biathlon is the truest test of speed and steadiness at the Olympics as each event combines skiing with marksmanship. Men and women both will compete in four separate, distinctive events: sprint, pursuit, individual race and relay. During the sprint -- 10 kilometers for men and 7.5 for women -- competitors stop twice and must hit all five targets with as many bullets. For each target missed, athletes take a lap around the 150-meter penalty loop. The top-60 finishers qualify for the pursuit, although medals are awarded in the sprint. In the pursuit -- 12.5 kilometers for men and 10 for women -- competitors start at intervals based on their finish in the sprint, stop four times and again must hit all five targets with as many bullets or face identical penalties. The pursuit is making its Olympic debut. The relay consists of four-person teams attacking four 7.5-kilometer legs. After a mass start by the first skiers of the teams, each team member has two firing sequences and is allowed three extra bullets, giving them eight chances to hit five targets. For each target left, another 150-meter penalty loop is enforced. Soldier Hollow, a 1,280-acre site at the eastern edge of Wasatch Mountain Park, will host the biathlon events.

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