Concept2 Biathlon at the Rogue Invitational

The Rogue Invitational is a CrossFit sanctioned event, taking place in Columbus, Ohio, on May 18–19, 2019. One of the events will be a Concept2 Biathlon.

Biathlon grew from the traditions of hunting and battle in winter. It is now an Olympic sport, with a winter-long series of World Cups every year. It is hugely popular in Europe, and becoming more and more popular in the US.

Biathlon is an especially challenging and exciting sport because it combines very different disciplines:

  • Work: Skiing on snow traditionally. This is the race—a test of speed and strength.
  • Shooting: This is the test of accuracy and mental focus.
  • Penalty (time or work): This is the motivation to shoot well.

Thanks to our friends at US Biathlon for letting us use this video and share the excitement of biathlon!

The Biathlon Race

Biathlon races can have different types of formats, involving combinations of skiing, shooting prone and shooting standing.

The Rogue Invitational/Concept2 Biathlon event format will be as follows:

  • Work: Concept2 SkiErg.
  • Shooting (air rifle): Both prone and standing positions at a distance of 10 meters.
  • Penalty: A penalty will be assessed for each missed shot.

Intro To Biathlon

In this video, US Olympic Biathlete Hannah Dreissigacker, and her brother Ethan, Craftsbury Outdoor Center Biathlon Coach, introduce you to the sport.

Shooting Overview

This video gives you an overview of the mechanics of the shooting portion of the competition. You will learn about basic safety, body position, sight picture, alignment and aiming.

For athletes participating in the Rogue Invitational, you will receive further instruction prior to the event.

Tips and Tricks

Every competitive biathlete has to have a strong mental game going into the race. Your focus, preparation, and race plan are critical to having the best race possible. This video gives you some helpful tips and tricks.


Most of you are already familiar with the SkiErg, but we’ve gathered these resources in case you wish to review them.

SkiErg Technique Review

Special thanks to:
Ethan Dreissigacker, Craftsbury Outdoor Center Biathlon Coach.
Hannah Dreissigacker, US Olympic Biathlete Sochi 2014.
Members of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, an Olympic development biathlon program.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center.