"Please say it ain't so Joe!"
It can be categorically stated that those two events, competitions of the Modern Olympics, Winter [Biathlon] and Summer [Modern Pentathlon] both, that have a military dimension to them - - have become "sissified"!
"sissy [sissified] - - 1. an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man 2. - - sissified , effeminate, weak, or cowardly"
1. The Biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, seen during the Winter Olympics, high-power military-style rifles fired at long-range targets as originally used by competitors replaced by .22 caliber rim fire small-bore rifles!
"The competitions from 1958 to 1965 used high-power center fire such as .30-06 Springfield and 7.62x51mm NATO, etc. before the .22 Long Rifle rim fire cartridge was standardized in 1978 . . . encompassing four separate ranges and firing distances of 100 m, 150 m, 200 m, and 250 m. . . . The shooting range was further reduced to 50 m in 1978"
2. The Modern Pentathlon. Military men [not solely so!] competing at horse racing, shooting [pistol], fencing, swimming, cross-country running.
An event personally conceived by the man most responsible for the revival of the modern Olympic movement, Baron de Coubertin
"The Modern Pentathlon, introduced at the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm in 1912, embraced the spirit of its ancient counterpart. It comprised the contemporary sports of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running."
Military men of the aristocratic class [officers], practiced, and trained in the various military skills as germane to those of their "class"!
Pistol shooting during the most recent period becoming "sissified", competitors NOW using air-pistols!
"The Modern Pentathlon Pistol Shooting is usually the first event on the Modern Pentathlon program. The event has changed over the years from a 25m turning target to a 10 metre stationery target. These days we use an air pistol, but before that, they used a .22 caliber pistol."
"Today they use a 4.5 millimeter air pistol [.177 BB gun]. They are very accurate and easy to operate."
[this particular article seems to suggest that the use of air pistols is a VIRTUE!! ]
AND NOW - - EVEN THIS! IT GETS WORSE!
"Modern Pentathletes to Use Laser Guns at Youth Olympic Games"
Modern pentathletes - - competitors at the Youth Olympics- - using laser pistols - - not even firing a projectile at the target! We might not want to hit something!
"At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, athletes competing in the sport will use laser guns rather than pellet guns for the first time . . . The laser guns will be very similar to the pellet guns . . . as they will have the same weight, same hand grip and even simulate the same recoil as the pellet guns."
Simulate! Simulate! Simulate! Might as well do a computer simulation for the entire competition.
"Using high-power rifles of the 7.62 NATO round or the 7.62 X 54R old style Russian caliber. 'Inferior' calibers such as the 5.56 NATO [M -16] or the 7.62 X 39 Soviet [AK] are not favored."
Persons, novitiates at the Appleseed events, firing high-power military grade rifles at long-range targets, WOULD NOT feel at home during the biathlon or the modern pentathlon? Surely NOT!