Biathlon at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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at the VIII Olympic Winter Games
VenueMcKinney Creek Stadium
Dates21 February
Competitors30 from 9 nations
1964 →

Biathlon at the 1960 Winter Olympics consisted of one biathlon event, held at McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California. The event occurred on 21 February 1960. This was the first appearance of modern biathlon in the Olympic Games.[1] In 1924, a military patrol event was held. Some sources do not include this military patrol race as an Olympic event, but the IOC considers it an event within biathlon.[2][3]

Medal summary[edit]

Klas Lestander of Sweden won the first modern biathlon Olympic gold medal.

Medal table[edit]

1 Sweden (SWE)1001
2 Finland (FIN)0101
3 Soviet Union (URS)0011
Totals (3 nations)1113


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Klas Lestander
1:33:21.6 Antti Tyrvainen
1:33:57.7 Aleksandr Privalov
 Soviet Union

Participating nations[edit]

Nine nations sent biathletes to compete in Squaw Valley. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1]


  1. ^ a b "VIII Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley, California 1960 - Final Report" (PDF). California Olympic Commission. LA84 Foundation. 1960. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Chamonix 1924 Military Patrol Medalists". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Biathlon at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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