Sochi Spotlight on Lanny Barnes

By Linda Jager | Feb. 06, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
Date of Birth: 04/26/82

Height: 5-4

Weight: 110

Hometown: Durango, CO

A three-time Olympian, Lanny Barnes, 32, hails from Durango, CO. Lanny, along with her twin sister Tracy, has been a member of the US Biathlon team since 2004. Growing up, Lanny and Tracy learned to shoot from their father, and have been hunting since the age of seven. The sisters didn’t get on skis, or even think about combining shooting and skiing, until they met a U.S. Biathlon coach at a local competition. At the age of 18, the sisters made their first Junior World Championship team (2001), and Lanny medaled in the 2003 Junior World Championships (3rd place, individual event).

Lanny is competing in her third Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Though she was sick during the last few selection events and thus did not initially earn a place on the team, her twin sister Tracy (2006 Olympian) declined her spot at the Games to give Lanny the opportunity to compete. In Vancouver, Lanny earned the best finish for the U.S. women in 16 years with her 23rd-place performance in the individual competition.
The daughter of Deb and Thad Barnes, Lanny has two sisters Tracy and Christie. She and Tracy both suffered from compartment syndrome and underwent surgery in February 2013.
Lanny’s hobbies include hunting, drawing/painting, mountain biking, cooking, fishing, playing soccer and unicycling.
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