This year the Winter Olympics are located in Vancouver, Canada. The Winter Olympics occur every 4 years.
The male Olympic athlete that I chose is Marc-Andre Bédard. He was born in Beauport, Quebec on February 19th, 1986. He is 23 years old and will celebrate his 24th birthday on February 19th during the 2010 Winter Olympics. He lives in Valcariter, Quebec, Canada.
Marc-Andre’s sport is the biathlon which he began at the age of 14 years old. An athlete that does biathlon is called a biathlete. He started to do biathlon when he was 14 years old. He has a role model which is Myriam Bédard. Myriam is a 1994 Olympic gold medalist. In 2004, Marc-André competed in his first relay event which was in a European race. Later, in 2006, it was his first individual race. Then, in 2008, he won in first place in a sprint event of the European Cup race.
The sport biathlon is combined with cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Unlike alpine skiing, which is downhill, cross-country skiing is done across snow-covered terrain. It is more-so-done on flatter surfaces. Instead of taking the chairlift or what-so-ever to get to the top of the hill, you have to move up your body using your body, skis and ski poles. The biathlon involves endurance and speed. Rifle shooting is where the participant uses a firearm which is designed to be fired from the shoulder. Rifle shooting involves precision. In the biathlon, the athlete must do a certain distance in cross-country skiing in the least amount of time. Then, the athlete will shoot at targets, hitting the target in the middle, as many as possible to avoid time penalties. I didn’t try the sport biathlon yet because I am to young to hold a gun (I am 10 years old).
Why I chose Marc-André Bédard:
a) I chose him because in winter 2010, I started cross-country skiing with my dad. I received my equipment as a Christmas present. I enjoy this sport, but it takes alot of my energy! Sometimes we go during the day, and sometimes, we go in the evening as it is getting dark. My dad also knows about rifle shooting because he goes hunting.
b) I find it nice that they invented a sport like the biathlon because it combines two sports in one. Someone who likes cross-country skiing and rifle shooting can now practice and compete in the sport biathlon.
c) Marc-André lives in a neighbouring city of my uncle, aunt and my cousins; Val Bélair. Continue reading