Burke 22nd in Pursuit
SOCHI, Russia (February 10, 2014) – Tim Burke
(Paul Smiths, N.Y.) finished 22nd ((35:37:37/+2) to lead Team USA in the men's
biathlon 12.5-kilometer pursuit. Burke was 1:48.4 behind France's Martin
Fourcade, who took the gold medal with a time of 33:48.6 and one penalty.
Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic took the silver shooting clean with a time
of 34:02.7. Jean Guillaume Beatrix (FRA) won bronze (34:12.8/+1)
“I was really disappointed with my race today,” said
Burke. “I was really feeling empty halfway through the first loop and that made
it a really tough race for me.
Conditions were tough today. The snow was super soft
and made it really slow and tough going for everyone.”
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) was 38th (36:34.8/+3), Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN)
(39:31.4/+7). Extended results are available here
Team USA returns to the Laura Biathlon Stadium
tomorrow for the women’s 10km pursuit. Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) will
start with bib #14, Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) #44, and Annelies
Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) #53. Racing begins at 10am (ET).