Bailey 10th and Burke 15th in Snowy Pursuit
Russia (March 16, 2013) - Heavy snowfall hit the course in
Kanthy-Mansiysk in time for today's 12.5-kilometer pursuit. Lowell Bailey
(Lake Placid, NY) finished 10th with a time of 36:21.9/+1,1:34 back from
Christoph Sumann (AUT) winning with clean shooting and a time of 34:47.9. Simon
Fourcade (FRA) finished second (35:23.6/+0), World Cup leader Martin Fourcade
(FRA) posted 35:28.3/+5 to tie for third with Michal Slesingr (CZE)
(35:38.3/+3). An IBU jury decision awarded Slesingr third place after Andreas
Birnbacher (GER) cross-fired on Slesinger's target in the first standing stage.
was brutal from the start," said Bailey. "It started dumping snow
about an hour before the race and it just got stronger as the race
progressed.I had a lot of problems with my rifle - loading rounds, getting
snow stuck in the sites, etc. - but from talking to the other competitors,
I think a lot of guys had the same type of problems. Given the conditions,
I just tried to take each shot on its own, without trying to shoot with my
normal rhythm. Today it worked and I'm really happy with the top-10, and
looking forward to one more race tomorrow."
Burke (Paul Smiths,
NY) finished 15th with a time of 36:29.7 and four penalties. "We had some
really tough conditions today with heavy snow falling for the entire
race," said Burke. "I think everyone had a hard time keeping the
rifles working. I struggled a bit with this and had a hard time finding my
rhythm on the range today. I will try to make those adjustments for tomorrow
because it looks like we will be racing in the same conditions."
Nordgren (Marine, MN)
finished 35th today with a time of 38:08.4 and three penalties, Russell
Currier (Stockholm, ME) was 55th (40:32.4/+7). Extended results from
today's 12.5k pursuit are available here.
and Burke will race in tomorrow's 15k mass start, scheduled for an 8:30am (ET)
start. The mass start will be webcast live at www.biathlonworld.com.
Cook Takes Top Finish, 35th, for Team USA in 10k Pursuit
Cook (Saranac Lake,
NY) posted a time of 35:21.3, cleaning her first three stages but picking up
four penalties in the final standing stage in today's 10k pursuit. Gabriela
Soukalova (CZE) won her second race of the week in Khanty-Mansiysk,
finishing at 30:58 with two penalties. Olga Vilukhina (RUS) took second
(31:05.8/+3), and World Cup leader Tora Berger (NOR) was third (31:13.6/+2).
was a tough day for me, even though the result was not too bad," said
Cook. "I was so happy to start off doing well, and to keep moving up by
skiing well and cleaning the first three stages. But when I came into the last
stage my insecurities about standing, and the thoughts running through my head
that if I cleaned it would be a great day, proved to be too much. It's funny
how different it is to have a penalty in each loop versus four in one stage,
but that's something that I have to work on- figuring out how to handle the mental
pressure of being in a good spot that is riding on one shooting stage. I am
disappointed in myself, but luckily it is all still part of the learning
Dunklee (Barton, VT)
had a challenging race today, finishing 58th with a time of 39:06.5 and 11
penalties, including additional penalties incurred for a cross-fire in her last
made some huge mistakes out there today that resulted in one of my toughest
results to date," said Dunklee. "To top it off, my coach told me
afterwards that I cross fired in the last stage and incurred more penalties.
The last couple weeks for me have been a classic example of the emotional
rollercoaster that we athletes ride."
results from the women's 10k pursuit are available here.