Meaning of skiathlon in English:

skiathlon

Pronunciation /skiːˈaθlən/ /skiːˈaθlɒn/

noun

  • A Nordic skiing race in which competitors complete one stage using classic skiing and another using skate skiing.

    ‘she skis past the Olympic rings on her way to winning the women's 15 km skiathlon’
    • ‘The 27-year-old Swiss skier won the 30km skiathlon and defended his 15km classic gold.’
    • ‘The skiathlon is a challenge of a skier's versatility.’
    • ‘Cologna took the men's Nordic skiathlon, hanging on for the second Olympic gold of his career.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the men's skiathlon in Sochi on Sunday, the competitors immediately collapsed in exhaustion.’
    • ‘The 30 km men's skiathlon forces skiers to master both classical and freestyle cross-country skiing techniques.’
    • ‘He was 60th in the 15km skiathlon and 62nd in the 1.4 km Sprint Classic.’
    • ‘The Norwegian skier fell and broke a pole at the start of the skiathlon.’
    • ‘The Olympics feature different cross country ski races like skiathlons, individual sprints, and team sprints.’
    • ‘The competitor who placed eighth in the skiathlon tested positive for performance-boosting drugs.’
    • ‘A fit Kowalczyk would be a medal contender in the skiathlon, which mixes her favorite classical style with freestyle skiing.’

Origin

1980s from ski + Greek athlon ‘contest’, on the pattern of biathlon.

Pronunciation

skiathlon

/skiːˈaθlən/ /skiːˈaθlɒn/