Thanks for the feedback Jim. I find the subject of how to define product requirements interesting. It is still more of an art than a science. I will probably follow up with a couple more columns on product requiremetns, their ambiguity, and how to deal with that ambiguity. This is particularly true in the high tech world where product lifetimes are very short.
In the winter, nordic skiing is my primary aerobic exercise ("skating" technique, not classic). There is a nordic lodge not too far away that will give you one day training on biathlon- gun and all. I plan to take the training one day, just for the uniqueness of it.
Marksmanship is an Olympic event for the summer games, so I don't think it is so strange to have an event with firearms in the winter as well. I've never heard of a firearm-related injury during one of these events, so I don't think it will be eliminated.
Yes, the biathlon is a strange event. I've always thought it would be more interesting if it combined alpine (downhill) skiing with machine gun shooting, simultaneously of course! I can hear the Olympic announcer now, "And James Bond from the UK takes the gold!" IIRC, such a scene was in The Spy Who Loved Me. Correct me if I'm wrong.