The U.S. men went for it today, and the team was in podium position for much of the first half of Saturday’s 4 x 7.5 k relay competition. They ended up 11th with Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Jeremy Teela, and Leif Nordgren, just 25 seconds out of sixth.
Ole Einar Bjorndalen moved Norway from 16th to first on the second leg of the men’s World Cup relay, and then Emil Hegle Svendsen sealed the deal with strong shooting on the anchor leg. It was a rematch of a previous race where he faltered and allowed Russia’s Dmitry Malyshko to take over – but today Malyshko made the mistakes. Sweden placed second.
Aided by an early bib and a mid-race snowstorm, Lars Berger – who was left off the Norwegian national team this year – earned his sixth win but the first in three years. He beat Martin Fourcade of France, who had two fewer penalties but was stuck in slow snow conditions. Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway was third.
Despite a mid-race snowstorm that put later starters at a serious disadvantage, Lowell Bailey finished 16th and Tim Burke 24th in the 10 k sprint in Hochfilzen. They were the only two Americans, men or women, to qualify for the pursuit races on Sunday. “We can’t control the weather,” shooting coach Armin Auchentaller said.
Switzerland has never won a biathlon World Cup race – and it was especially surprising that the first victory would come from its small women’s team. But Selina Gasparin has been close to the podium before and today she sealed the deal in the 7.5 k sprint, eking out a 1-second victory over Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic.
Because the Olympics only come around every four years, domestic races hold even more value in the months leading up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. In Canada, they’ll determine who will fill approximately four remaining spots on the Olympic nordic team. The fun starts this weekend at Sovereign Lake, British Columbia.
The owners of Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center are selling their 200 plus acre year round resort. The center is located in the southern tier of New York’s famed Adirondack State Park, 60 miles northwest of Albany. The resort has been continuously and successfully operated for over 35 years by Olavi Hirvonen, a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team. The property is listed by CMK & Associates for $1.25 million.
With less than a year of nordic experience, Tatyana McFadden — a three-time Summer Paralympian with 10 Paralympic medals and a marathon Grand Slam to her name — has her heart set on Sochi. “I have to just be relaxed and go with the transitions,” she says. “When it comes time for me to put my skis on the snow, I have to remember everything I’ve learned … and ski as fast as I can and hopefully make people proud.”
Bump up your strength routine with gymnast rings — and no, you don’t need to be the next Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti, (wait, who’s he?). FS contributor Katie Bono writes: “It’s fun, the rings are extremely portable and versatile, and the exercises develop strength, coordination, and stability. However, the main benefit is that ring training is HARD. Like REALLY HARD.”