Three Team USA Athletes Qualify for World Cup Pursuit Races
ANNECY-LE GRAND BORNAND, France (December 14, 2013) – Team USA will send three athletes to tomorrow’s pursuit races following today’s sprints at World Cup 3.
In the men’s 10-kilometer sprint, Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) crossed the finish with a time of 23:28.8, and two penalties, for Team USA’s top finish at 28th. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) posted a time of 23:47.2, with two penalties, finishing 35th. Both Burke and Bailey will race in tomorrow’s 12.5k pursuit, beginning at 7:25am (ET).
“Most of my race went very well, but I was definitely disappointed with my standing shooting today,” said Burke. “The range approach here is quite easy, so two penalties is way too many for this venue. On the other hand, I most likely would have made it to the podium today with clean shooting, so this is always a good sign. The times were very close today so that should make for an exciting pursuit tomorrow!”
“Today was frustrating, I felt prepared and mentally ready for a good result,” explained Bailey. “I started out missing my first shot in prone, but felt pretty good skiing. Then after hitting my first four shots in standing, I resettled for my last shot and threw it wide! It's always more frustrating to miss your last shot. Now it's just about refocusing for the pursuit. It's really close tomorrow and anything can happen!”
Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe won his first senior World Cup race today with clean shooting and a time of 22:06.7. Ondrej Morovec (CZE) finished second (22:39.6/0), and World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA) was third (22:43.8/+1)
Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) finished 83rd (25:01.8/+3; 87), and Jeremy Teela (Park City, UT) posted 25:21.5, with three penalties for 87th place.
Complete results from the men’s relay are available here.
Capturing the last qualifying spot for tomorrow’s 10km pursuit, Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) finished 60th in today’s 7.5k sprint with a time of 23:04.8 and four penalties.
“After our strong relays the past couple weeks, our women's team knows what we are capable of and we were hoping for a lot more,” said Dunklee. “I got lucky and grabbed the last qualification spot for the pursuit, so I am looking forward to moving up tomorrow.”
Selina Gasparin (SUI) won today’s sprint (20:51.4/0), Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) took second (20:59.7/+1), and Valj Semerenko (UKR) finished third (21:02.9/+1). Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) finished 62 (23:06/+2), Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) was 76th (23:33.4/+3), and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT) finished 77th (23:34.2/+4).
Extended results from today’s 7.5km sprint are available here.
World Cup 3 concludes tomorrow with the pursuit events beginning at 5:15am (ET) for the women, and 7:25am (ET) for the men. Watch both races live here.