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Burke takes eighth in Norway

February 7, 2012
By the Enterprise staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Paul Smiths native Tim Burke led Team USA with an eighth-place finish in Sunday's 15-kilometer mass start at the World Cup biathlon event in Oslo, Norway.

Burke posted a time of 41 minutes, 44.1 seconds with no misses at the first two ranges, two at the third and one at the fourth.

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid finished 14th in the event with a time of 42:32.3.

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the mass start in 40:44.1, followed by Andreas Birnbacher of Germany in 40:50.4 with clean shooting and Evgenly Garanichev of Russia in third with a 41:01.9.

"After (Saturday's) race, I felt very confident that I could be up there again today," Burke said after Sunday's race. "I felt very relaxed with my shooting, but I struggled a little with the back wind in both standing stages. My biggest problem in standing shooting is that I tend to rock forward sometimes so when the wind picks up from the left side like today, I really have to fight.

"I felt totally in control on the skis today. It was no problem to follow the others, and I actually thought about going to the front to push the pace, but I did not want to get overly aggressive before standing. I am looking forward to Kontiolahti because I feel like I am in a good flow now."

Team USA's men now sit eighth overall in the Nation's Cup rankings, and the U.S. women are 12th.

Burke was coming off a strong showing in Friday's 12.5 kilometer pursuit race where he finished sixth. After starting in the 15th position, Burke posted a time of 32:52.8 with clean shooting.

"(Saturday) was a great day for me," Burke said. "This was the first time that I have shot zero penalties in a four-stage race, so of course I am very happy about that. This was the perfect way for me to bring in my 30th year. I guess it took me this long to figure out that racing is much easier when you don't have to ski any penalty loops."

Bailey finished 12 in the pursuit with a time of 33:32.3. Arnd Peiffer won the event in 31:44.

Team USA now travels to Kontiolahti, Finland for the eighth stop of the E.ON IBU World Cup series. Racing begins on Friday with the sprint events.



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