Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Date Started: February 6, 1976
Date Finished: February 6, 1976
Participants: 74 (74 men and 0 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: Frank Ullrich (18 years, 20 days)
Oldest Participant: Esko Saira (37 years, 244 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): Soviet Union (3 medals)
As in 1968 and 1972 the biathlon program consisted of a 20 km individual event for men, and a 4Ã7Â½ km relay, although starting in 1980, the program would begin to enlarge, with the addition that year of a 10 km sprint event. The events were held in and around the [Langlaufstadion] in Seefeld in Tirol, a small village about 17 km northwest of Innsbruck. This was the same site that was used for the biathlon events at the 1964 Winter Olympics.
Both gold medals were won by the Soviet Union, with [Nikolay Kruglov] winning the individual event. The relay victory was the third consecutive for the Soviet Union.