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Grading My Medal Predictions: Biathlon

So they shoot AND ski?

Starting again with the men:

10k Sprint

Predicted:

Gold – Ole Einar Bjoerndlen, Norway

Silver – Simon Fourcade, France

Bronze – Dominik Landertinger, Austria

Actual:

Gold – Vincent Jay, France

Silver – Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Bronze – Jakov Fak, Croatia

I’ll start right off the bat and say that I wouldn’t expect too much from my biathlon predictions. Biathlon is probably the most volatile sport in the winter games because one missed shot can end your medal hopes. In fact, in the first two events the most shots a Gold medalist has missed is 2. Einar Bjoerndalen, the King of Biathlon, finished 17th, Fourcade finished 35th and Ladertinger 34th. Of note: American Jeremy Teela finished 9th. Nice job by him.

12.5k Pursuit

Predicted:

Gold – Simon Eder, Austria

Silver – Arnd Pieffer, Germany

Bronze – Simon Fourcade, France

Actual:

Gold – Bjorn Ferry, Sweden

Silver – Christoph Sumann, Austria

Bronze – Vincent Jay, France

Because the starting positions for the pursuit are based on the finishing spots in the sprint, it’s much easier to medal in both. Hence Jay’s bronze. Ferry was 8th at the start and as low as 6th three-fourths of the way into the race, but great shooting rocketed him to gold. Eder finished 4th, but Pieffer and Fourcade each finished outside the top 15.

15k Mass Start

Predicted:

Gold – Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Silver – Evgeny Ustyuov, Russia

Bronze – Ole Einar Bjoerndlen, Norway

Actual:

Gold – Evgeni Ustyugov, Russia

Silver – Martin Fourcade, France

Bronze – Pavol Hurajt, Slovakia

20k Individual

Predicted:

Gold – Sergei Sednev, Ukraine

Silver – Daniel Mesotitsch, Austria

Bronze – Tim Burke, United States

Actual:

Gold – Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Silver – Ole Einar Bjorndalen, Norway

Bronze – Sergey Novikov, Belarus

Neither Svendsen nor Novikov was in the top 15 to start the race. Ustyugov finished 4th, but neither of my other predicted medal winners finished in the top 15.

4 x 7.5k Relay

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Russia

Bronze – Austria

Actual:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Austria

Bronze – Russia

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Athlete Profile

January 19, 2010 1 comment

Today’s profile is United States biathlete Tim Burke. Burke was born February 3rd, 1982 in Paul Smiths, NY. Burke has made 3 podiums in the Biathlon world cup, and in 2009 he became the first ever American to lead the World Cup.

Burke is also the 2nd US athlete ever to finish as high as 2nd in a World Cup competition. Burke took over the World Cup standings lead in December 2009 due to Emil Hegle Svendsen missing a couple races, and Christoph Sumann taking 103rd place. He held it for just one race, but then by taking 2nd in a race he regained the overall lead.

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