Tim Burke (l) and Lowell Bailey finish the final race of their careers together (photo by Tanzi Propst/The Park Record)
PARK CITY, Utah (March 31, 2018) -- It was a fitting ending for two athletes who have spent the past 20 years racing against and alongside each other. In the final race of their sparkling biathlon careers, which saw them compete together at four Olympic Games, Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) joined hands as they crossed the finish line together as co-winners of the men's 15-kilometer mass start on Saturday at the U.S. Biathlon National Championships at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. Both were awarded the identical time of 36 minutes, 23.3 seconds, with Bailey having one penalty on the shooting range and Burke having two penalties. Their times were 36.1 seconds ahead of bronze medalist and Olympic teammate Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.). It was Bailey's third gold medal of the championships.
In the women's 12.5km mass start, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) also captured her third gold medal of the weekend with five penalties and a time of 39:51.6. She was joined on the podium by her Olympic teammates Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.). Egan was 1:25.4 back of Dunklee with seven penalties, while Dreissigacker crossed the line 1:32.5 behind with clean shooting.
For complete results visit the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center website.