BIATHLON - US Junior Women 9th in Relay at European Championships
Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, February 24. The US Team of Hilary McNamee (Fort Fairfield, ME), Laura Spector (Lenox, MA), and Brynden Manbeck (Grand Rapids, MN) placed ninth in the 3 X 6K Relay today at the European Biathlon Championships. The sun came out and the wind disappeared for the final day of the European Championships, making it a great day for the spectators. This made the shooting easier for the athletes, but navigating the tracks became even harder as the temperatures rose quickly to a spring-like plus 15 Celsius. The US team started well with McNamee cleaning the first prone stage with a single spare round. She cleaned standing with two spares. Unfortunately, due to a shin injury, she struggled on the tracks after the first 2K loop. She tagged Spector 1:21.4 behind Russia. Spector after sixth in the Pursuit yesterday, needed all six spare rounds today and still took one penalty in the standing stage. She tagged Manbeck 3:17 off the pace. Manbeck who has battled a hamstring problem all season took a penalty in the prone stage, pushing the US farther back. She cleaned standing with two spare rounds, crossing the finish line 6:41.9 behind the victorious Russian team. The Russians added another medal for their country in the Junior Women's 3 X 6K Relay. Their victory, like that of the Ukraine in the simultaneously run Women's Relay was never in doubt, despite the fact that the Czech Republic finished 18.9 seconds behind the Russian's time of 1:04:22.7. The Czech team stayed close by using only seven spare rounds with no penalties, compared to the Russian's nine spares and two penalties. Romania surprised with the Bronze medal, matching the Russian's on the shooting range, but finishing 2:24.3 back. The Relay competitions today closed the European Championships. Live streaming video coverage of the Biathlon World Cup competitions for the remainder of the season, and archived highlights including those from the World Championships, are available by clicking the athlete photo at the top of the news column at www.usbiathlon.org. The website also has an RSS feed, available by clicking the RSS logo on our homepage to get the address and all of the latest biathlon news. The United States Biathlon Association is the National Governing Body for the sport of biathlon in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Biathlon Union. The US Biathlon Association supports the US Biathlon Team and development of the sport on all levels within the United States. TD Banknorth is the title sponsor of the US Biathlon Team. Lapua, adidas, and Exel Ski Poles are supporting sponsors of the US Biathlon Team.