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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

Hard times for North Country's Olympic veterans

Three of the North Country's strongest medal hopefuls struggled again yesterday in Sochi.

Nordic combined skier Bill Demong, who won gold and silver medals four years ago, was hobbled by a poor showing on the ski jump. That forced him to start with a heavy penalty in the cross-country ski portion of the race. Demong, who finished 31st, told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the race was "kind of devastating." The 33-year-old from Vermontville says he expects these to be his last Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile on the biathlon course yesterday, veteran Olympians Tim Burke from Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid finished well out of medal range in part because of shooting penalties.  Go to full article
Lowell Bailey had a break-out day in Sochi, which could bode well for two races still to come. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Lowell Bailey had a break-out day in Sochi, which could bode well for two races still to come. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Lowell Bailey's very good day in Sochi

The big news yesterday for the North Country's contingent at the Winter Olympics was Lowell Bailey, the veteran biathlon skier from Lake Placid.

After two frustrating races early in the games, Bailey notched an eighth place finish in the men's 20k race. That's the best-ever finish for an American in biathlon, a sport that combines target shooting and cross country ski racing.
Right after crossing the finish line, he spoke with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise's Chris Knight, one of our correspondents in Sochi.  Go to full article
Lowell Bailey had a break-out day in Sochi, which could bode well for two races still to come. Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Lowell Bailey had a break-out day in Sochi, which could bode well for two races still to come. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Lake Placid skier Lowell Bailey cracks top 10

Lowell Bailey had a break-out race Thursday in Sochi, skiing in the 20k biathlon individual race.

After two tough races at the Winter Games, where he faded in the ranks, Bailey surged in the 20k, finishing in 8th spot.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake racer Annelies Cook raced in her second Olympic event on Tuesday in Sochi. This image was taken during a race earlier in the week. Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Saranac Lake racer Annelies Cook raced in her second Olympic event on Tuesday in Sochi. This image was taken during a race earlier in the week. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Saranac Lake's Annelies Cook finishes 54th

Saranac Lake biathlon hopeful Annelies Cook raced in her second event this morning -- east coast time -- in Sochi, Russia.

Facing challenging snow conditions, Cook finished 6:50.2 behind the top racer. Her results were curbed by a total of five shooting errors on the course.  Go to full article
Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Burke, Bailey finish biathlon run 22nd, 38th

The US Olympic team was hoping that biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths might break out with the kind of race that would put him on the podium today.

But mid-morning -- early evening Sochi time -- Burke got bottled up in the pack on Sochi's nordic track and finished in 22nd position.  Go to full article
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake competes in her first Olympic biathlon on Sunday. Photo: Nancie Battaglia.
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake competes in her first Olympic biathlon on Sunday. Photo: Nancie Battaglia.

North Country biathletes struggle in Sochi

It was a very tough first weekend for the North Country's biathlon racers competing in Sochi. Three racers from the Adirondacks -- Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook -- competed at the Winter Olympics in the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. All three finished well out of medal range.  Go to full article
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake is one of three Adirondackers who will ski and shoot for the US biathlon team in Sochi Russia.  Photo:  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annelies-Cook-Biathlete/225854110764750">Annelies Cook Biathlete</a> on Facebook
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake is one of three Adirondackers who will ski and shoot for the US biathlon team in Sochi Russia. Photo: Annelies Cook Biathlete on Facebook

Adk "late bloomer" chases Olympic biathlon medal

In these weeks leading up to the Winter Olympics, we're profiling some of the athletes from the North Country who'll be competing in Russia.

Biathlon racer Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake, who is 29 years old, grew up skiing and shooting in the Adirondacks.

As a kid at Dewey Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Cook joined a gang of athletes -- including Tim Burke from Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid -- who have come to anchor the US biathlon team.  Go to full article
Haley Johnson of Lake Placid in the women's individual 15 kilometer biathlon yesterday. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.
Haley Johnson of Lake Placid in the women's individual 15 kilometer biathlon yesterday. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.

More struggles for North Country Olympians

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver are just about halfway done. There are just four medal events on the schedule today, and they're all being held at Whistler. First up is the men's Super G. Bode Miller will be looking for his second medal of these games. In cross-country skiing, the women compete in the 15 kilometer pursuit. Finally, at the Whistler Sliding Center, both the women and the men will complete the skeleton.

Weather forecasts look good, if a tad warm. After a cold night, skies should be clear with highs in the low 40s.

Overall, the US team is leading the medal count. Last night, figure skater Evan Lysacek added to the gold medal count, the first American to win gold since Brian Boitano in 1988.

We've been following the dozen-plus North Country athletes in Vancouver, and they've had their disappointments this week. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
USA luger Erin Hamlin (Remsen, NY) with her parents Ron and Eileen after finishing 16th in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics 2/16/10. Photo: © 2010 Nancie Battaglia.
USA luger Erin Hamlin (Remsen, NY) with her parents Ron and Eileen after finishing 16th in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics 2/16/10. Photo: 2010 Nancie Battaglia.

Tough day for North Country biathletes

It was a tough day yesterday for North Country biathlon skiers competing in Vancouver. Lake Placid's Lowell Bailey finished 36th in the 12.5 kilometer "pursuit" competition. Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 47th place. Both men will have at least two more chances to reach the podium in the sport, which combines rifle shooting with endurance cross-country skiing.

Tomorrow during The Eight O'Clock Hour, we'll have a special Winter Olympics edition of StoryCorps. Bailey and Burke will talk with Kris Seymour, one of their early coaches, about what it was like to grow up competing in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Tim Burke at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Tim Burke at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Paul Smiths' Tim Burke leads international biathletes heading into the Vancouver Olympic Games

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver in less than two months and it looks like at least one North Country athlete will be ready.

Biathlete Tim Burke, from Paul Smiths, claimed the lead this weekend in overall world cup standings. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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