A helicopter whirred overhead as Austrian First Secretary for the Defence Ministry, Herr Rosch, opened the 7-day 4th International Military Ski Championship at Saalfelden, Austria, Feb 21, before competing teams from France, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Austria.
Pan from snow covered trees to competitors during the men's solo competition..pan shot competitor No. 8 passes camera to b/v. Competitor No. 11 ditto. Competitor 33 ditto. Competitor No. 18 crosses main highway on to finish. C/U PAN from clock to NO. 5, the winning competitor of Sweden arriving at finish. S/V Troops applaud. C/U winner.
Patrol race, team No. 4 of France, wading through snow. Team No. 12 wading through snow. Team No. 7 of Finland wades through snow, pan to b/v. Team No. 17 also of Finland arrives at rifle range. Two shots rifle range with Balloons, competitors fire and burst balloons, marking score card.
Team No. 4 of France leave rifle range and onto finish. G/V arriving at finish, French officers look on. Teams line up at finish, troops applaud. SCU team No. 7 Finland..G/V team No. 10 of Norway arrives at finish..the champions..C/U Minister of Defence, Graf of Austria applauds team. S/V winning team.
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Background: A helicopter whirred overhead as Austrian First Secretary for the Defence Ministry, Herr Rosch, opened the 7-day 4th International Military Ski Championship at Saalfelden, Austria, Feb 21, before competing teams from France, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Austria.
In heavy snowfall, the Mens Solo Competition commenced, and home first in the cross-country race was Lennart Bjorken of Sweden.
In the Patrol Race - or Biathlon - competitors accumulated points as they ski-ed across country and fired five shots at each of four different ranges along the course. Victors were the Norwegian team - thereby winning the championship. Second; Finland's number two team.
The triumphant Norwegian team were warmly congratulated on their success by Austrian Minister of Defence, Herr Graf.