OSTERSUND, SWE (November 28, 2013) – Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) took the top finish for Team USA today in the 20-kilometer individual World Cup race in Ostersund, Sweden. With a time of 54:08 and two penalties, Bailey finished 3:57.9 behind Martin Fourcade (FRA) who won today's race with clean shooting and a time of 50:10.9. Simon Eder (AUT) took second (52.17/+1), and Daniel Mesotitsch (AUT) was third (52:31.1/+1).
“I'm happy to get a solid race under me,” said Bailey. “I didn't know what my ski speed would be like today compared to the other countries, so I just tried to focus on my own performance. We've been on snow less than half of the time that some of the other countries have, so I'm happy to be in the mix.”
Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) finished 60th (57:51.5/+6) 76), Jeremy Teela (Heber City, UT) 76th (59:04.8/+5, 83), and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) was 83rd (59:37.1/+6 .1). Extended results are available here.
The 15k women's individual was held earlier today, rescheduled after dangerous winds and winter conditions cancelled the race yesterday. Gabriela Soukalova (CZE) won with a time of 47:56/+2, Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK) finished second (47:57.2/+2), and Marie Laurie Brunet (FRA) was third (48:12.2/+1). Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) had the top finish for Team USA at 50th (53:29.7/+5), Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) was 58th (53:59.9/+7), Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT) finished 80th (56:47.3/+8), and Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) was 83rd (57:06.9/+7). Extended results are available here.
Racing resumes in Ostersund tomorrow morning with the women's 7.5k
sprint at 11:45am (ET). Live stream coverage will be available here.