US Biathlon Kautzer Top-10 in Yo...

Kautzer Top-10 in Youth Olympic Games Sprint

Feb. 14, 2016, 5:37 p.m. (ET)

Photos from the men's and women's sprint races on February 14, 2016, at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (February 14, 2016) - The biathlon competition at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games began Sunday with American Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn.) garnering a 10th-place finish in the women's 6-kilometer sprint.

The Birkebeineren Biathlon Stadium, situated a few kilometers from the center of Lillehammer, welcomed the first biathlon participants under perfect conditions; blue skies, no wind, hard track and temperatures around minus 9C. Kautzer had one miss in prone and another in standing, finishing the course in a time of 19 minutes, 22.4 seconds. Teammate Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) finished 22nd in the 49-woman field, also with two penalties and a time of 19:56.6.

Germany's Juliane Fruehwirt won the gold medal with clean shooting in 18:23.5. Norway's Marthe Krakstad Johansen took silver, with one penalty, 5.6 seconds back, while Arina Pantova of Kazakhstan, despite two penalties, won the bronze medal, 17.1 seconds behind Fruehwirt.

In the men's 7.5km sprint, Emilien Claude of France won the gold with clean shooting in 19:01.5. Silver went to local favorite Norway's Sivert Guttorn Bakken, with two penalties, 7.1 seconds back. Egor Tutmin of Russia took the bronze, also with two penalties, 18 seconds back of the winner.

For the Americans, Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was 36th, with four penalties and a time of 21:52.2, while Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash.) placed 46th in a time of 22:59.6, with six penalties.

Full sprint results are available here.

All four Americans will be back in action on Monday for men's 10km pursuit and the women's 7.5km pursuit.

Women's 6km sprint results

1. Juliane Fruehwirt (GER) 18:23.5/+0
2. Marthe Krakstad Johansen (NOR) 18:29.1/+1
3. Arina Pantova (KAZ) 18:40.6/+2
10. Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn.) 19:22.4/+2
22. Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) 19:56.6/+2

Men's 7.5km sprint results

1. Emilien Claude (FRA) 19:01.5/+0
2. Sivert Guttorm Bakken (NOR) 19:08.6/+2
3. Egor Tutmin (RUS) 19:19.5/+2
36. Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn.) 21:52.2/+4
46. Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash.) 22:59.6/+6

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