Burke won’t ski men’s biathlon relay

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Paul Smiths native Tim Burke won’t ski in Saturday’s final biathlon event at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Burke was not listed among the four starters in the 4×7.5-kilometer team relay, set for 6:30 p.m. Sochi time at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. There was no immediate word on why Burke won’t race.

Up until Saturday’s relay, Burke had skied in every Olympic biathlon event so far. Most recently, he helped the U.S. to a ninth-place finish in Wednesday’s mixed relay. He had been sick in the weeks leading up to the games, but when asked about his health earlier this week, he said he was feeling OK.

The men’s relay team will be made up of Lake Placid’s Lowell Bailey, Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine, Sean Doherty of Center Conway, N.H., and Leif Nordgren of Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Doherty, 18, will make his Olympic debut. He’s the youngest member of the U.S. biathlon team, but he’s had plenty of success on the junior circuit. Last year, Doherty became the first biathlete in U.S. history to win three individual medals in a single world championship competition, at the 2013 youth/junior worlds.