Burke Caps Season With a 4th in Mass Start
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (March 17, 2013) - Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) posted an exciting finale to the 2012-13 IBU World Cup season, finishing 4th in today's 15-kilometer mass start. Burke finished at 42.09 minutes with one penalty. World Cup Champion Martin Fourcade (FRA) won the race, and the 2012-13 overall title, with a time of 41:51.4 and one penalty. Dominik Landertinger (AUT) finished second (42:05.3/+1), and Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen was third (42.08.7/+1). Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) finished 14th with a time of 42:54.2 and three penalties.
"Today was a great way to cap off a memorable season," said Burke. "Of course I wanted that podium so bad today, but I did everything that I could, so I am happy with the effort. I was very tired before the start of the race, but I actually felt pretty good once we got started. Unfortunately, the last loop turned into a lot of tactics because it was so windy and no one wanted to lead. I don't normally like sprint finishes but I had no choice today.
Overall I am very happy with the season. I achieved all of my season goals with getting back to the podium, winning a World Championship medal and finishing in the top 10 of the overall. Now I am already looking forward to next year's Olympic season," he added.
"It was a tough race today and I tried to stay in it until the end," said Bailey. "The conditions were similar to yesterday with deep drifting snow, slow conditions, and snowfall throughout the race. My skiing pace was fine but the two penalties in the last two stages put me off of the lead pack. Still, I'm happy to finish out the year with a strong World Cup in Siberia, and looking forward to a little rest and recovery in Lake Placid when I get home."
Extended results from today's mass start are available here.
At today's conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Burke is ranked 10th in overall World Cup standings, Bailey is 28th. Team USA's men finish the season ranked 10th in Nation's Cup standings.