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Biathlon at the 1960 Winter Olympics

Biathlon at the 1960 Winter Olympics consisted of one biathlon event, held at McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California. The event occurred on 21 February 1960. This was the first appearance of modern biathlon in the Olympic Games.[1] In 1924, a military patrol event was held. Some sources do not include this military patrol race as an Olympic event, but the IOC considers it an event within biathlon.[2]

Medal summary

Klas Lestander of Sweden won the first modern biathon Olympic gold medal.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 1 0 0 1
2 0 1 0 1
3 0 0 1 1


Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Klas Lestander
Sweden (SWE)
1:33:21.6 1:33:57.7  Aleksandr Privalov
Soviet Union (URS)

Participating nations

Nine nations sent biathletes to compete in Grenoble. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1]

  •  (4)
  •  (1)
  •  (3)


External links

  • 1960 Squaw Valley Official Olympic Report
  • 1960 Olympic Nordic Events
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