"It’s guns and skis, you know? It’s just a lot of fun," said Bill Weidner of Warrenville, Ill., who has taken up the sport of biathlon in middle age.
He is quoted in a New York Times piece on a small biathlon renaissance. Apparently the fashion section is less like to hyperventilate about guns than the news pages--who knew?
As Sebastian points out, however, writer Katie Zezima makes one small error: biathlon's origins lie in early Scandinavian ski troops more than in hunting.
Those are re-enactors in the photo, portraying 19th-century Norwegian ski troops. For more history and images, including this one, go here.
I have always liked the idea of the snowshoes-and-flintlocks "primitive biathlon" too.