Bailey and Burke Lead Team USA in Hochfilzen Sprint
HOCHFILZEN, Austria (December 6, 2013) – Despite
uneven weather conditions – including strong winds and heavy snow – Lowell
Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) had the top
two finishes for Team USA today, placing 16th and
24th , respectively, in the
10-kilometer sprint. Bailey faced the brunt of the storm, starting in the
middle of the pack with bib #52. With clean shooting, and a time of 26:04.2,
Bailey was 1:02.2 back from today’s winner Lars Berger (NOR), posting
World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA) was second
(25:15.6/0), and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR) took third with a time of
25:17.3/+1. Burke had a time of 26:25.4 with two penalties. Burke and Bailey
will race for Team USA in Sunday’s 12.5k pursuit.
Jeremy Teela (Heber City, UT) finished 65th (27:39.8/+2), and Sean Doherty (Center Conway,
NH) finished 99th
(29:51.3/+5). Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) did not start in today’s
race due to illness.
Extended results are available
With an earlier start, the weather was more favorable
for the women’s 7.5 km sprint, but a snowfall overnight blanketed the course
with fresh snow, adding a challenge for the field of 107 competitors.
Selina Gasparin (SUI) won with a time of 23:16.9/+1,
Veronika Vitkova (CZE) took second posting 23:18.1/0, and Irina Starykh (RUS)
finished third (23:19.0/0)
Lanny Barnes (Durango, CO) finished 65th
(25:33.2/+1), Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) was 66th (25:34.7/+4), Hannah Dreissigacker
(Morrisville, VT) 71st (25:41.4/+4), and Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake,
NY) finished 79th (25:55.4/+4). Extended results are available here.
Racing continues Saturday with the women’s 4x6km relay starting at
4:30am (ET). The men take the course at 7:30am (ET) in the 4x7.5km relay. Watch
both races live here.