Good things come in twos. Especially if you're Maddie Phaneuf.

The Olympian from from Old Forge is competing in the Biathlon at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea as a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team. The sport combines cross country skiing with rifles strapped to your back and shooting at targets.

Biathlon has its roots in Scandinavia, to honor the Norse deity Ulle, considered to be the god of both hunting and skiing. It came into more practical usage in the 1800s as a way to promote national defense in local Norwegian communities.

We think it's pretty cool, but we also thought there might be other versions of Biathlon that would be strictly Central New York-centric:

  • Shoveling Your Driveway and Making Dinner on the Stove or Oven
  • Driving on the Arterial and Putting on Make-Up Simultaneously
  • Eating Riggies and Drinking U.C.
  • Running the Boilermaker and Shuttling Kids to and From Practice
  • Hiking in the Adirondacks with a Fly Swatter in Your Pocket to Conquer Black Flies
  • Cheering On the Comets In Back-to-Back Games Against the Crunch in Utica and Syracuse

We need a LOT of skills to make it in Central New York and we also need to know how to multitask. If you have other nominations for unique CNY Biathlon events, we'd love to hear about 'em.


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