2014 Biathlon Olympics

Annelies Cook, Biathlete

Biathlon Gear

It is very essential for biathletes to have the right equipment and wear the appropriate gear. So what is the right equipment and appropriate gear? Due to the fact that biathlon is a combination of two sports, it requires equipment for both cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Biatletes always wear skintight suits that reduces wind resistance and allows more movement. Therefore, the suits are very beneficial for the skiing portion. Also they wear gloves and hats made of lightweight materials, and goggles, if necessary. Tinted goggles are effective at cutting down on the glare from the sun reflecting off snow.


Because biathletes use the freestyle method of skiing they use skis that are shorter and stiffer than classical cross-country skis. The tips don't curve as much, either. Biathletes apply special glide wax to the bottom of each ski.


For the rifle shooting portion, biathletes carry their rifles in a harness and this is where they hold the rifle. The harness consists of a cover which goes over the rifle and a flip-up cap that covers the muzzle which prevents any moisture from entering the barrel of the rifle. Ammunition must be at an attainment of .22 caliber long-rifle shot made from lead or a lead alloy, which is found in what is called a magazine. The magazine holds up to five rounds. After the rifle is loaded and it's time to fire, biathletes hook an arm sling to their arm in order to connect to the rifle. This gives stability. The biatlete can then hit the target. The targets are multicolored metal discs in a small box that allows you to see if the shot got hit or missed.

Annelies Cook

Dreams Do Come True


After coming in 53rd place in the 7.5 k biathlon sprint on February 11th, 2014, Annelies Cook posted a picture on Facebook. The caption read "First Olympic race done!" "What an emotional experience." Yes indeed this was an emotional experience due to the fact that this was Cook's first Olympic race. Without the support of her family, friends, and fans, she would not have even finished the race.


Cook admitted in an Athletego interview that it was a very difficult year in her private life and she got a lot of support from her team members and coaches. Biathlon can be a really competitive sport, but the support of her family has always seen her through. They are the ones that keep her optimistic and driven. Whenever she feels like giving up she can lean towards them and find some support.


Being an Olympian has always been a dream of Cook's. She has been cross country skiing all of her life. What she loves most is most is doing it with her family and friends.

Not Only Does Cook Receives Support, She Gives It As Well!

Cook gives her fellow teammate, Dewey Mountain, some words of encouragement.
Annelies Cook shows support for Dewey Mountain

A Run Through on Biathlon

Cook gives a run through on the biathlon rifle portion.
Beginner's Guide To Shooting Competitions-Biathlon Rifle

Cook’s Support System

After the coming in 53rd place in the 7.5 k biathlon sprint on February 11th, 2014, Annelies Cook posted a picture on facebook. The caption read "First Olympic race done!" "What an emotional experience." Yes indeed this was an emotional experience due to the fact that this was Cook's first Olympic race. Without the support of her family, friends, and fans, she wouldn’t have even finished the race.


Cook admitted in an Athletego interview that it was a very difficult year in her private life and she got a lot of support from her team members and coaches. Biathlon can be a really competitive sport, but the support of her family has always seen her through. They are the ones that keep her optimistic and driven. Whenever she feels like giving up she can lean towards them and find some support.


Being an Olympian has always been a dream of Cook's. She has been cross country skiing all of her life. What she loves most is most is doing it with her family and friends.

Cook's Blogging

Not only does Annelies paints in her spare time, she likes to blog. Cook has this amazing blogging site, on CookieMonster.com, where she talks about pretty much everything from her personal life to her life as a biathlete. She gives people an insight on her emotional journey and even her self discovery.