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Chad Love: Biathlon Snipers

Chad Love: Biathlon Snipers

In keeping with the spirit of a recent Gun Nut blog and reader comments on the Canadian Women's Biathlon Babes calendar, I give you a related news item that may quench (permanently) any lustful musings on the admittedly intoxicating combination of hot women and guns if you happen to run into the wrong hot woman with a gun. 

From the story:

Russia's top investigator is claiming that the Georgians employed mercenaries during their August war -- including female snipers from Ukraine and Latvia...That sounds an awful lot like the mythical "white tights" -- the exotic female snipers of Chechen war lore who were said to pick off hapless Russian conscripts. As the story had it, these stone-cold, blue eyed killers were said to be from the Baltics -- or Ukraine. They were sometimes described as Olympic biathletes recruited as mercenary sharpshooters by Chechen commanders.

Personally, I find the idea of gorgeous Baltic snipers stalking the battlefield to be uhhh... titillating. Dead is dead no matter how you slice it, but if you're gonna go it's better to be sent on your way by a vision in white than some giant, hairy, ill-tempered Slavic dude named Drago. Are the White Tights real? Who cares? They sound dead (pun intended) sexy to me.

Who needs tacky calendars showing plasticized bikini model bimbos striking stripper poses with racks when you can ogle women who really know how to shoot? But ogle with some respect. You never know when war might break out between Canada and the United States.   



The subject matter here is strangely kilted because we are mixing olympic biathlon athletes with military (or militia) snipers in a civil conflict. My two cents is that if anyone, and I mean anyone competing in the biathlon event at the olympics, is found to be or ever has been a paid or volunteer sniper for any conflict, that person should be immediately disqualified. If it is discovered that a past olympic biathlon competitor had served in any civil conflict as a sniper, then that competitor should be stripped of any medals won (if any) and removed from the listing for that event.
I have no prejudice for military snipers who are an essential asset to a military unit. I do however have a problem with military trained snipers competing in the Olympics. It sort of defeats the purpose of having the Olympics in the first place; i.e. peaceful games between countries.
That brings up a gray area about what to do concerning ex-military personnel that were trained as snipers, but rotated out of the military when their TOD was up and afterward decided to compete. They may not have shot anyone during their TOD and certainly their sniper training allows them to be serious competitors. The biathlon event is about sportsmanship, endurance and marksmanship and has little in common with the military sniper's objectives.
Now if an Olympic biathlon event competitor wins (or doesn't win) a medal and after the Olympic games decides to join the military and becomes a military sniper, OK by me. The only caveat is that that particular person should not be allowed to return to compete in the biathlon event in an Olympic game. That is why I stated that this subject is a bit like comparing apples and oranges.
That's my two cents and I'm sticking to it.


Great, my keyboard is all sticky now, thanks a lot...


Here's a couple of more cents. Twenty years ago, I would have agreed. Now, with NBA and NHL all stars playing in the olympics, I must disagree. I still enjoy olympic hockey, as several countries canfield very competitive teams. Olympic basketball sucks. I was glad that the gold medal game was on liveat 2:00 A.M. erwise, I might have watched it.
As far as the girls, is there any evidence that this, in fact, occured? If so, were the girls (or our snipers) professional skiers, or were the professional shooters? I don't think either of the above would be considered as professional skiers. Any veteran, however, should be considered a professional shooter since that is the primary job of anyone in our armed forces.
I guess that's more than two cents!


Well, Johnny, I think you're out in the O-Zone.

In the past most Olympic competitors in the equestrian events, fencing events, biathlon, triathlon, martial arts, etc were active duty military. Many of them still are.


Haven't many of the shooting sports been dominated by active and past military for years? I feel pretty confident that ex-military have actively competed in Olympic trap-shooting for quite some time (and have often times done quite well.) While no one is trap-shooting per se on the battlefield, there is no doubt that the general marksmanship skills taught in the military are a huge benefit to these competitors.


Why do the Scandinavians always do so well in biathlon?

Because it is an ingrained part of their national psyche, including preparedness in case of attack.

One of the great stories of the Norwegian resistance during World War II was the destruction of the Germans' heavy water plant at Rjukan by six skiing commandos.

Biathlon and military prowess go together like ham and eggs. And for we shlubs, the concept of being in the kind of shape to jog after a track and still hold in the kill zone is an ideal to strive for.

But the Russians seem to have misinterpreted the Olympic spirit somehow. What a surprise.


I'd bet many of the competitors in the original Olympics were military. I have no problem with military personnel representing our or any other country.


Gen. George Patton finished in fifth place for the United States in the modern pentathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics. JohnR, should his name be stricken from the list of competitors simply because he went on to serve America in two world wars?


Thats all true, but years ago, the Soviet Union put together a hockey team and gave all of the players, positions in the Soviet Army. These players were NHL quality, even then. American, Canadian and Western European teams were forced to compete against these pros. After the breakup, virtually the entire team emigrated to the NHL. Most had stellar careers. Many with the Detroit Redwings. I guess I would like to differentiate between athletes who are professional in a certain endeavor (boxing, hockey, basketball) versus people who might use some aspect of their training to win a medal. Professional boxers, basketball and hockey players spend virtually all of their time perfecting their skills. No biathlete can do this, even if they've enlisted in an armed force.


Basically, today's Olympic athletes are largely professional athletes. Some pursue careers in the NHL, NBA, etc. But really, your profession is what you do for a living - and these athletes pursue their sports for their living. Maybe they don't all have multi-million dollar contracts, but they usually are sponsored by their respective industries and train year-round.

As far as shooting goes, the police and military are the few places where one could be considered a professional shooter. So if we're letting professional hockey and basketball players in, why not let the professional shooters in?

Paul Wilke

CRAP. You guys are picking fly shit out of a pile pepper.
There are sexy women shooters running around in my mind, don't spoil it!


Well I tried to reply and admit that after thinking my post through after the fact, I didn't really think my post through. Those were some good and acurate points made above. Now I have to get the sticky off of my keyboard.
PJR - Patton was a great if not a bit eccentric leader. I did state in my post that I had no problem with an Olympic medalist or competitor bringing their skills into the military.
The Olympics has indeed been inundated with professional athletes so my argument was pointless. I enjoy military match shooting and that is what I practice.
Sorry if this becomes a double post but an anti-spam filter intercepted my previous post for review. Chad if you're monitoring this, you can delete the one the spam filter picked up.

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