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Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend.  (Photo:  Nancie Battaglia)
Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend. (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)

Olympic StoryCorps: Bailey and Burke anchor US biathlon

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This Saturday one of the very first Olympic events will be the biathon sprint in Sochi Russia.

Two of the strongest veterans on the US biathlon team hail from the Adirondacks.

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Tim Burke from Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid have been skiing and shooting for the US team since the 2006 Olympics.

But they also grew up together in the Tri-Lakes area, competing on kids' teams and learning their craft of marksman shooting at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.

They sat down in 2008 with their former coach Kris Cheney Seymour in the StoryCorps booth in Saranac Lake to talk about their sport and how the North Country prepared them for global competition.

This conversation is only the latest installment in NCPR's Sochi coverage, which will continue through the month as competition gets underway.  Bookmark the Sochi page and also follow us on twitter at #ncprolympics.

Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, a member of US biathlon, skiing in Vancouver in 2010 (Photo:  Nancie Battaglia)
Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, a member of US biathlon, skiing in Vancouver in 2010 (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)

Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids (Photo provided by Demong family)
Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids (Photo provided by Demong family)
[Biathlon] seemed like the obvious choice in high school when I could skip school and go skiing and then get a free trip to Europe.

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