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Biathlon at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Date Started: February 6, 1976
Date Finished: February 6, 1976
Events: 2

Participants: 74 (74 men and 0 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: GDR Frank Ullrich (18 years, 20 days)
Oldest Participant: FIN Esko Saira (37 years, 244 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (3 medals)


As in 1968 and 1972 the biathlon program consisted of a 20 km individual event for men, and a 4×7½ 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.