Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid bounced back from a rough week last week in Germany with a seventh-place finish in Friday's 10-kilometer World Cup biathlon sprint in Antholz, Italy.
Bailey shot cleanly at both ranges Friday to post a time of 23 minutes, 26.1 seconds, which was the top time for the American contingent. Leif Nordgren of Minnesota finished 40th in 24:25 with two penalties and Tim Burke of Paul Smiths was 45th with a time of 24:32.2 and three penalties.
"Today, everything came together," Bailey said. "I felt good on the track and felt solid and composed in the range. I left a little in the tank for the last lap and I guess that proved pretty important in the end."
Bailey moved into 29th place in the overall World Cup standings after Friday's performance. He placed 26th in last week's sprint event, but was disappointed with his 44th-fastest ski time.
Anton Shipulin of France won Friday's 10k sprint in 22:45.8 with clean shooting, followed by Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway in 22:58.6 and Jakov Fak of Slovenia in 23:06.2.
Bailey, Nordgren and Burke will race in today's 12.5k pursuit. Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake will compete in the women's 10k pursuit.