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Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids. Photo provided by the Demong family
Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids. Photo provided by the Demong family

Sochi marks end of era for Olympians Demong, Burke, and Bailey

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This week marks the end of an era for the North Country. For more than a decade, three young men from the Adirondacks, Bill Demong from Vermontville, Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid and Tim Burke from Paul Smiths, have been chasing medals at the Olympics.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

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Tim Burke from Paul Smiths has seen success in world cup race but not at the Olympics.  Photo: ©   Nancie Battaglia
Tim Burke from Paul Smiths has seen success in world cup race but not at the Olympics. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
The three grew up together, skiing and competing at places like Dewey Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg. All three rose to redefine Nordic sport for the US, competing head to head with European athletes who have long dominated biathlon and Nordic combined.

Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong, who is 33, captured gold and silver four years ago in Vancouver. He has said that Sochi will be his last Olympics. Burke and Bailey, who are both 32, are also nearing the end of their Olympic careers. The three men have struggled at these Russian Winter Games, often finishing well back in the competition.

Lowell Bailey churns hard in Sochi, but falls short of medal podium. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Lowell Bailey churns hard in Sochi, but falls short of medal podium. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Brian Mann checked in with Chris Knight from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, one of our correspondents in Sochi, to talk about these three athletes and their long journey together.

Hear Brian and Chris' conversation here.

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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