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Competitors cross-country ski around a track and shoot at targets from a kneeling and standing position. Each 16 centimeter target is shot at from a distance of 18 meters. Competitors are not permitted to remove their skis during competition. Though when kneeling, a ski can be unfastened, so long as the competitor stays in contact with the ski at all times. Each missed target results in an imposed penalty lap of 150 meters.
Ski Archery is similar to a biathlon, except that a recurve bow is typically used instead of a gun. Athletes ski around a cross-country track, shooting targets in both a kneeling and standing stance. Closely related to biathlon, ski archery replaces a rifle with a bow, forming a pairing of cross-country skiing and target archery.
Archery, dating back to the Paleolithic era was/is practiced by many cultured throughout the world. As civilization progressed, archery evolved from a method of hunting animals, into a useful tool of warfare. When guns became prevalent in the early 17th century the practice of archery became nearly nonexistent, only being used by societies where guns weren't yet available. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries archery was revived as a sporting venture in Europe and North America. Ski archery was developed in the 1970's as a take-off of biathlon. Today, it's a popular recreational and competitive sport in cold-weather climates throughout the world.