Burke and Bailey Race in Snowy Mass Start
SOCHI, Russia (February 18, 2014) – Heavy snow and fog marked the start of today’s 15-kilometer mass start, which had been delayed four times due to weather since Sunday. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) finished 21st (44:59.9/+4), and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) was 23rd (45:19.2 /+5).
In an exciting photo finish, Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen edged France's Martin Fourcade for the Gold medal. Svendsen shot clean, and Fourcade had one penalty. Both men posted the same time of 42:29.1, but the photo finish showed Svendsen ahead at the line. Ondrej Moravec (CZE) won the Bronze medal with a time of 42:42.9 and clean shooting. Extended race results are available here.
“Conditions on the course today were a challenge,” said Burke. Commenting on the multiple weather delays for the mass start, Burke added, “getting ready to race four times, then having the delays, it was the same for everyone. It wasn’t a disadvantage in any way for us.”
“The delays didn’t really affect me much,” said Bailey, “Nothing really came together today. The conditions are what they are.”
Racing resumes at the Laura Biathlon Stadium tomorrow for the first-ever Olympic mixed relay event, which is scheduled to start at 9:30am (ET).