Bailey takes 8th in Sochi 20k individual
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Lake Placid’s Lowell Bailey recorded the best individual finish in U.S. Olympic biathlon history tonight by placing eighth in the men’s individual 20-kilometer event at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.
Powered by only one missed shot out of 20, Bailey covered the course in 50:57.4, only 1:25.7 off the winning pace of gold medalist Martin Fourcade of France, who posted a time of 49:31.7. The silver medal went to Germany’s Erik Lesser in 49:43.9, while Evgeniy Garanichev of Russia won the bronze in 50:06.2.
Tim Burke of Paul Smiths completed the course in 54:21.2, good for 44th place, while Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine, was 50th with a 55:07.5 and Leif Nordgren of Marine on St. Croix, Minn. was 83rd with a 58:47.6.