If British spy-movie legend James Bond were real, the winter sport he’d be mostly likely to compete in would be biathlon.
In fact, I’m fairly certain one or more of the 23 Bond films has already featured a form of biathlon in one way or another, though the filmmakers probably mingled in a few other Bondesque things like vodka martinis, pithy one-liners and womanizing, too.
Regardless, biathlon has to be considered the original extreme winter sport. Long before snowboarders were flying high through the air and spinning around like whirling dervishes, biathletes were running around in the snow and shooting things with rifles.
Now that’s extreme.
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