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Biathlon is the most badass of Olympic sports, winter or summer: rifle-toting cross-country skiers, weaving through trees, shooting from flat on their stomachs, and “atoning” for the shots they miss with extra laps or added time. It’s the only sport that could, conceivably, have been adapted for the Olympics from an action sequence in a Roger Moore-vintage James Bond film. (Alas, per Wikipedia, the sport actually traces its roots back to Norway, where, more than 150 years ago, it was an element in military training excercises.)

An insane sport deserves an equally insane theme song, and team U.S.A. has one, penned by Lake Placid’s own Lowell Bailey. Bailey — who finished 22nd and 35th in the Biathlon Men’s Pursuit and Sprint, respectively — composed the tune back in 2011.

Take a listen to “Fire Them Down,” a little diddy about a group of women and men, hidden away in a frozen northern town, skiing fast, shooting targets down.

If that banjo break doesn’t get you fired up to watch New York’s Annelies Cook skiing and shooting in the Biathlon Women’s Pursuit Tuesday at 10 a.m. — well, I can do nothing for a person like you.

The lyrics to “Fire Them Down” on the next page. [:

In the frozen ice of America
Hidden away in a Northern town
There lived a group of women and men
Skiing fast, shooting targets down.

Every day from dawn ’til dusk
You could see them fire their guns
Skiing hard amongst trees
Never stopping, always on the run

People came from miles around
Just to watch
Them
Fire
Them
Down

[BANJO BREAK]

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE THEM DOWN

In the frozen ice of America
Hid away in a Northern town
There lived a group of women and men
Skiing fast, shooting targets down

Every day from dawn ’til dusk
Well, you could see them fire their guns
Skiing hard among the trees
And never stopping, always on the run

People came from miles around
just to watch them fire them down

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE

FIRE THEM DOWN

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE

FIRE THEM DOWN

Fire them down
Fire them down

Finally, the day arrives
For the team to pack and go
They took a plane to a foreign land
Where the best men upon the snow
At the long fence from around the world
They held their breath for the thought it strange
To see the team from across the sea leading in to the shooting range

But soon the cheers, they shook the ground
as they watched them fire them down

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE

Fire them down

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE

Fire them down
Fire them down
Fire them down

(Alrighty, Here’s the plan.)
(What are we going to do, Coach?)
(We gonna ride into town and fire! Them! Down!)

YEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWW
(Git ‘er done)

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE
FIRE THEM DOWN

(Repeat x3)

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