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Women's relay Biathlon Olympics 2018 Odds

Biathlon at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Who wins Women's 4 x 6 km relay?

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Biathlon at the 2018 Winter Olympics a women's relay

Compared to the other disciplines of biathlon, relay puts both the team and the countries ability to pair great athletes to the test. In relay, the women's course is five kilometers divided into three or four laps. Each contestant gets eight chances to shoot at the five targets available at each range. It means that there's comparatively many shots at each and every stop. Interestingly enough, the last three shots must be performed after the rifle has been manually reloaded each time. So, compared to other events, relay really requires a great ability to focus under unique circumstances. The shooter that fails to hit the target gets a punishment that equals the mount of misses. That's why it's of huge importance to simply hit the target. The skier who fail to focus and center herself will quickly find herself behind.

In relay each skier has to touch her team mate in order to perform a valid pass. Since it's generally  one of the later events during the Winter Olympics, it comes with great expectation. Spectators have usually been able to form an opinion on the individual skiers strengths and weaknesses. But how they work together as a team can be hard to predict. Even though relay, by nature, is a team event, it still puts a lot of pressure on the individual skiers. Perhaps it's this combination that has made relay a true favorite. Few could imagine the Winter Olympics without relay.