Annelies Cook


Biathlon Sochi Olympics 2014


Some History

The sport of biathlon has its origins in the ancient hunting practices of northern Europeans. Nowadays the biathlon is a combination of cross - country skiing and rifle shooting. It has been part of the Olympic program since 1960.

Biathlon today

To date, the Olympic Winter Games program has five biathlon events for men and five for women: individual race, sprint, pursuit, mass start race and relay; and there is also the mixed relay.

Individual Competitions

Competitors start at 30 - second intervals and ski five loops, interspersed with four bouts of shooting (prone — standing — prone — standing). For each missed target, a one-minute penalty is added to the competitor’s time. The competitor with the fastest time, including penalties, is the winner. Men ski five laps of a 4 - kilometer loop for a total 20 kilometers. Women ski five laps of a 3-kilometer loop for a total of 15 kilometers.


Any kind of ski technique is permitted in the biathlon. However, only skis and ski poles may be used.

  • Ski boots, for standing steadily on skis and controlling movement.
  • Ski poles made of modern materials such as carbon fiber. Their length cannot exceed the height of the athlete using them.
  • Sports rifle for the biathlete, 5.6mm caliber. Carried by the athletes on their back using special straps with the barrel facing up.
  • Special suit — racing suit, which helps to maintain a stable body temperature and reduces wind resistance.
  • Skis, minimum length should be 4cm less than the height of the athlete. To increase glide, various special waxes are applied to the skis.

Saranac Lake biathlete Annelies Cook makes Olympic team

Another local Olympic hopeful is now an Olympic definite - Annelies Cook, a 29-year-old biathlete from Saranac Lake.

As Cook skied with children this morning at Lake Placid Elementary School, U.S. Biathlon issued a press release announcing that she has made the Olympic team that will compete in February at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It will be the first Olympics for the daughter of Dr. George Cook and Marijke Ormel.

Cook has been a member of the U.S. biathlon team since 2009 and is currently in her third season on the World Cup circuit. She posted two top-20 finishes during last winter's World Cup season: 14th (individual) and 18th (sprint), both at the future Olympic venue in Sochi.

Biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake smiles this morning at Lake Placid Elementary School, where she skied with students.

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Cook places 53rd in biathlon

she took 53rd place in the women's 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprint in the Sochi 2014 winter

Olympics on Sunday 2/9/14.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - It was an emotional and exhausting start to the Winter Olympics for Saranac Lake's Annelies Cook.

"I feel like I want to cry, kind of," the 29-year-old said after finishing 53rd in her first Olympic race, the women's 7.5-kilometer pursuit Sunday at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. "It's pretty cool. All I wanted to do was finish so I could say I did an Olympic race, and I'm really glad that I did."

Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzima, who won the same event at the Vancouver games four years ago, took the gold with a time of 21:06.8 and clean shooting. The silver went to Olga Vilukhina of Russia while Ukraine's Vita Semerenko won the bronze.