Bernard Weil, Chief Photographer, Multimedia
I have a newfound appreciation for a sport I knew little about. Combining both cross country skiing and rifle shooting, the biathlon has to be one of the more grueling competitions at the Olympics. The athletes endurance levels and ability to stand or lie motionless while shooting a circular target as small as an egg from 50 metres are beyond what I can imagine.
Contrasted against this was the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains and forest.
I took advantage of an early morning snowfall as eventual gold medal winner Magdalena Neuner, of Germany, climbs a grade during Women's Biathlon 10km sprint, February 16. By the end of the event, most of the snow had already melted.
Silhouetted against track marks left on the course, skiiers take practice laps to test out different ski and wax combinations prior to the men's biathlon 15km mass start.