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USA's Lowell Bailey #29 and Tim Burke #30 ski in the Sochi Olympics Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start 2/18/14. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
USA's Lowell Bailey #29 and Tim Burke #30 ski in the Sochi Olympics Mens Biathlon 15km Mass Start 2/18/14. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Another tough day for North Country biathletes

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Two of the North Country's biggest medal hopefuls struggled again in biathlon this morning at the Winter Games in Sochi. Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished the mass start in 21st place. Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid followed in 23rd.

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Both athletes suffered numerous shooting penalties over the 15 kilometer course, with Burke misfiring on four shots and Bailey on five. Burke finished nearly two and a half minutes behind the gold medal winner, Emil Svendsen from Norway.

Burke and Bailey are Olympic veterans who had hoped to contend for a medal in Sochi. So far, Bailey's 8th-place finish last week is the US biathlon team's strongest showing. Both North Country racers get one more chance on the snow on Saturday in the men's relay.

Follow the progress of all the North Country's Olympians on NCPR's The North Country at Sochi page, and find even more on Twitter at #NCPROlympics.

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