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TheActiveTimes: New Olympic Events for 2014

Biathlon Mixed Relay

This event—a mixture of cross-country skiing and marksmanship—has roots in winter military warfare since the Great Northern War in the early 1700s, fought in brutal winter conditions including a blizzard near the Russian border with Estonia, according to the U.S. Biathlon team website.

In the mixed relay event, there two women and two men, where the women ski 6 km and the men ski 7.5 km, shooting at the 2 and 4 km marks, according to the International Biathlon Union, the governing body of the event. The women do their segments of the race before tagging the men, according to the IBU.

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