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Men's biathlon sprint today
February 8, 2014 - Chris Knight
The first biathlon medals of the Sochi Olympics will be won today.
There are a total of 87 athletes on the start list for the men's 10-kilometer sprint, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Sochi time. Each racer will leave at 30-second intervals from the biathlon stadium at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.
Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, seen here below during training earlier this week, will be the first American to hit the course. He's wearing bib number 26. Tim Burke of Paul Smiths is wearing bib number 43. Olympic newcomers Leif Nordgren and Russell Currier will wear bib numbers 73 and 87, respectively.
In a biathlon sprint, competitors ski three loops, interspersed with two bouts of shooting (one prone, one standing) at five targets. For each missed target, the athlete must ski a 150 meter penalty loop immediately after shooting. The competitor with the fastest time is the winner.
The men ski a total of three laps of a 3.3-kilometer loop for a total of 10 kilometers.
I'll be posting results on the Enterprise Twitter and Facebook pages, then here and on the Enterprise website, as fast as possible.
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