Bailey leads U.S. men at World Cup sprint in Oberhof

photos from the men's 10k sprint at the IBU World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, on January 10, 2015

Jan. 10, 2015, 10:21 a.m. (ET)

OBERHOF, Germany (Jan. 10, 2015) - Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) led Team USA with a  34th-place finish (28:32.6/+3) on Saturday in the men's 10-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup in Oberhof, Germany. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) finished 42nd (28:59.0/+4). Warm overnight temperatures and heavy winds caused significant snow melt and delayed the start of the men's race by over two hours as organizers worked to get the course in good condition.

"Today's race was definitely challenging," Bailey said. "There was a lot of wind, the course was altered due to lack of snow, and the start was delayed. That being said, I did feel like I had a good chance at a top result today. I had a great training block over Christmas and I felt confident that my ski speed would be O.K. It was just a matter of putting together a solid race on the range. Prone went well but I struggled in standing. I did get a few big gusts of wind, but I think I should have hit at least one more target. Sometimes it takes a race to get back into the swing of things after a longer break."

World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA) won the men's sprint with a time of 27:02.5 and one penalty, edging out Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (27:06.9/+1). Timofey Lapshin (RUS) finished third, posting a time of 27:20 and one penalty. Full results of the men's 10k sprint are available here.

"Today's race was definitely one of the craziest races I have taken part in. We had wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour, which makes for an interesting biathlon race," said Burke. "You just have to go into a race like today hoping that you get lucky. I am not reading too much into this race and am just looking forward to more fair conditions soon."

The World Cup in Oberhof concludes on Sunday with the men's and women's mass start races. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) will compete in the women's race, with Bailey and Burke going in the men's competition. 

"Hopefully tomorrow will be better," added Bailey. "It looks like the winds will be a bit calmer so I'm looking forward to that."

The women's 12.5k race begins at 5:15 a.m. EST, with the men's 15k race following at 8:15 a.m. EST. Both races can be seen via live stream here.

IBU World Cup 4

Oberhof, Germany

Jan. 7-11, 2015

Men's 10k sprint

1.  Martin Fourcade (FRA)  27:02.5/+1 
2.  Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR)  27:06.9/+1 
3.  Timofey Lapshin (RUS) 27:20.0/+1
34.  Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)  28:32.6/+3
42. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 28:59.0/+4

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