ANNECY-LE GRAND BORNAND, France (December 15, 2013) – Posting the second best net time today with clean shooting Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) wrapped up World Cup 3, moving up from starting 35th to finish 15th in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit with a time of 32:54.7. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) came in .6 seconds behind Bailey moving from 28th to 16th place (32:55.3/+2), posting the eighth best net time despite 2 penalties in standing.
Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe notched his second consecutive, and career World Cup win this weekend, winning the pursuit with a time of 31:43.7 and one penalty. Erik Lesser (GER) took second (32:21.2/+0), and Anton Shipulin (RUS) finished third (32:22.8/+1).
"Thanks to the coaches, staff, and Rossignol for all the hard work this week," said Bailey. "It's nice to head into Christmas on a high note!"
“This was a great race to have before we take a break for the Holidays,” said Burke. “I felt strong on the skis today and the shooting came together, so I am happy with my performance. This was definitely the best that I have felt on the ski course all season. I think this is a great sign that I am headed in the right direction as we near Sochi!”
“It was a great performance today, and right in time before Christmas and a good reminder that everything is where it should be right now,” said Bernd Eisenbichler, US Biathlon High Performance director.
“Lowell had a perfect performance today, the day every biathlete dreams of when fast skiing and clean shooting come together on the same day,” said Max Cobb, US Biathlon CEO. “He showed that all his hard work has moved him forward. I think it's the perfect way to wrap up the first World Cup period.
“For each athlete there has been a bright spot in these first three world cups,” added Cobb. “I am proud of where the team is. There is plenty of work to do before February but everyone has shown great progress since last season and there is more to come.”
Extended results from the men’s 12.5k pursuit are available here.
Women’s 10k Pursuit
Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) raced for Team USA in today’s 10k pursuit. Starting with bib 60, Dunklee posted a time of 32:47.4/+5 to finish 53rd. Valj Semerenko (UKR) won the distance (28:05.4/+1), Irina Starykh (RUS) was second (28:09.6/+0), Tiril Eckhoff (NOR) finished third (28:20.9/+1).
Extended results from the women’s pursuit are available here.
Team USA will return to the IBU World Cup circuit on January 3, 2014 for World Cup 4 in Oberhof, Germany.
IBU Cup Team Trials Kick Off in Mt. Itasca, MN, an Important Race on the Road to Sochi
The first of three time trail races to determine the winter US Biathlon IBU Cup team, and another step on the road to Sochi, was held in Mt. Itasca, MN yesterday. Katrina Howe (Gilford NH) and Casey Smith (Winthrop WA), both athletes with the Maine Winter Sports Center, won their respective time trials on day 1 of the competition.
Following the competition, one woman and two men will join Lanny Barnes (Durango, CO), Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT) at the IBU Cup in Ridnaun, Italy, January 3-5, 2014. Two men will also join Jeremy Teela (Heber City, UT) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH) in Ridnaun.
Three women and two men will be nominated to the 2014 Olympic team from those IBU Cup races.
Extended results from the opening day of competition are available here. Racing in Mt. Itasca will resume Monday.