The team from the Russian Federation won the gold medal in today’s Women’s 4x6km Biathlon Relay; France won the silver medal; and Germany won the bronze medal.

The American biathlon team came in 17th place.

The last Olympic biathlon event – the Men’s 4x7.5 km Relay – will take place on Friday.

The Women’s 4x6 km Relay is scheduled to start at 11:30 PST at Whistler Olympic Park.

On the American biathlon relay team are: Sara Studebaker of Boise, Idaho; Lanny Barnes of Durango, Colorado; Haley Johnson of Lake Placid, New York; and Laura Spector of Lenox, Massachusetts.

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Today's Women's competition was even closer than the Men's with Germany taking two out of the top three.

  1. Magdalena Neuner - Germany; 35:19.6
  2. Olga Zaitseva - Russia; 35:25.1
  3. Simone Hauswald - Germany; 35:26.9

The Men’s 15k Mass Start was decided by just ten seconds - here are the results:

  1. Evgeny Ustyugov - Russia; 35:35.7
  2. Martin Fourcade - France; 35:46.2
  3. Pavol Hurajt - Slovakia; 36:01.6

And that's not all for today as the Women’s 12.5k Mass Start begins in less than an hour. Stay tuned!

The Men’s 15 km Mass Start is scheduled for 11:00 PST at Whistler Olympic Park, followed by the Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start at 1:00 PST.

In the mass start event,

the 30 best-ranked competitors start together and must stop four times at the shooting range to take five shots at a target. If an athlete misses a shot, the athlete must ski a lap around a 150-metre penalty loop. If a competitor is lapped during the competition he or she must withdraw immediately.
(Vancouver2010.com)

The first one across the finish line wins.

Only two American biathletes have achieved the ranking necessary to compete in today’s Mass Start: Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, New York; and Jeremy Teela of Anchorage, Alaska.

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Emil Egle Svendsen won the gold medal for the Men’s 20km Individual; the silver medal goes to both Sergey Novikov of Belarus and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway, who both ended up with the same final time.

And here’s the results for the American competitors: Tim Burke came in 45th place, Lowell Bailey in 57th, Jay Hakkinen in 76th, and Wynn Roberts in 86th.

“Sinus problems this morning,” Jeremy Teela posted to Twitter, explaining why he wasn’t competing today. "Sorry folks I'm bummed too but cheer on Wynn Roberts in his first Olympic race.”

The next Olympic Biathlon event is Sunday’s Mass Start.

The gold medal goes to Tora Berger of Norway; silver to Elena Khrustaleva of Kazakhstan; and bronze to Darya Domracheva of Belarus.

From Team USA, Lanny Barnes came in 23rd place, Sara Studebaker came in 34th, Laura Spector came in 65th, and Haley Johnson came in 66th.

The Men’s Individual will be coming up in another hour and a quarter.

The Women’s 15 km Individual is scheduled to start at 10:20 PST at Whistler Olympic Park, with Men’s 20 km Individual at 1:20 PST.

Here's how the event works:

In the individual event, men race 20 kilometres and women race 15 kilometres. Competitors start one at a time, every 30 seconds, and ski a 4-kilometre (men) or 3-kilometre (women) loop five times. Between each loop, competitors stop four times at the shooting range to take five shots at a target. If an athlete misses a shot, one minute is added to his or her total time at the end of the race. The athlete with the lowest time, which consists of a combined ski time and shooting time penalty, is the winner.
(Vancouver2010.com)

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The gold medal goes to Bjorn Ferry of Sweden; silver to Christoph Sumann of Austria; and bronze to Vincent Jay of France.

From the American biathletes, Jeremy Teela came in 24th, Lowell Bailey came in 36th, Tim Burke came in 46th, and Jay Hakkinen came in 57th.

The next biathlon event will be the Women’s 15km Individual, scheduled for the day after tomorrow.

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