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Why ‘calamity curve’ has biathlon skiers nervous

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“Calamity curve” is one of the steepest downhills in the biathlon course and it’s followed by one of the sharpest turns, making it the toughest part of the course for many skiers.

The aptly-named sharp turn took Canadian skier Jean-Philippe Le Guellec’s lead (and broke his ski) in the men’s 12.5-kilometre biathlon pursuit on Monday. It’s still part of the course for the next few biathlon events.

Le Guellec will face it again in the 20 km Individual event on Thursday. Watch for athletes to take this corner with extra caution.

Graphic by Trish McAlaster
Sources: Christopher Lindsay of Biathlon Canada, Graphic News

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