Adaptive Biathlon / Paralympic
All of Casper Mountain Biathlon Club activities and programs are accessible to people with disabilities. We have the expertise and equipment to serve people of all abilities including, but not limited to those with paralysis, amputation and visual impairment. If you are interested in this program and would like to learn more, please contact us and we will gladly help you.
In addition to our regular inclusive programs we offer:
Paralympic Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and air rifle shooting similar to the Olympic biathlon competitions. Athletes are categorized as standing, sit-ski or visually impaired and compete against athletes with similar disabilities. Paralympic athletes always shoot in a prone position.The Biathlon event takes place on a 2.5-km loop, which is repeated five times for a total of 12km (long distance) and the pursuit event. Athletes stop for two or four shooting sessions along the course. They are given five shots and are required to hit a target positioned at a distance of 10 meters. The penalty for a missed shot can be a time penalty that is added to the total time or a penalty loop (150m) to ski once per missed shot.
The pursuit event is a two-part competition with the first part consisting of a qualification round (sprint) where athletes ski a short loop (about 1.3 km) three times and stop twice for shooting. For each missed shot, the athlete is given a 20 second penalty.
The top ten athletes in the qualification round compete in the finals. Athletes start according to a preset formula based on the results of the qualification round and the handicap percentages in the different categories. The athletes ski a short loop (about 1.3 km) three times, stopping twice for shooting. For each missed shot, the athlete must ski an extra 80 m penalty loop. The skier that passes the finish line first is the winner.
- Athletes with visual impairment shoot with an electronic audio rifle that allows aiming by hearing. The closer the rifle points to the centre of the target, the higher the tone is.
- The target size has a diameter of 30mm for visually impaired athletes and 20mm for athletes with a physical disability.
- An athlete with a lower-body disability uses a sledge, which is a specially built chair that can be attached to a pair of skis. The skis are almost identical to standard skis, although shorter, and are attached to the chair with a standard cross-country binding.
- Athletes with arm amputation can use a rifle support when shooting.
- In Paralympic competition athletes use air rifles on a 10 meter range or audio rifles for the visually impaired.