The Women’s 10 km Pursuit is scheduled to start at 10:30 PST at Whistler Olympic Park, followed by the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit at 12:45 PST.
What’s this “Pursuit” thing about? In the pursuit event, each biathlete’s start time is separated by their time difference from this weekend’s sprint events – and the winner is the first biathlete across the finish line. (And if they miss a shot at a target, that’s another 150 meter penalty lap.)
This is the third-ever time that the pursuit event has been done at the Olympics.
For more information about the American biathletes, visit the U.S. Biathlon Team. To watch video from the event online (or to check whether & when it’ll be televised), see NBCOlympics.com.
Here’s the results from this weekend’s Men's 10km Sprint!
The gold medal went to Vincent Jay of France; the silver medal to Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen; and Jakov Fak of Croatia won the bronze medal.
From Team USA, Jeremy Teela got ninth place. “Not podium but ok start to the games,” he posted to Twitter. Lowell Bailey was in 36th place, Tim Burke in 47th, and Jay Hakkinen in 54th.
The weather for the Men’s Sprint competition was tough. Burke found the snow frustrating; “When I came to the second shooting I had snow stuck in my sight. Basically there was snow everywhere.” And Hakkinen said that the conditions “were just horrible and unpredictable. It is a good thing that I shot clean and I also felt in great shape but with that snow coming down I basically could not ski as fast as I wanted. It is really frustrating but today it was all about luck. But I hold it together at the shooting range, so that gives me enough self-confidence for the upcoming tasks.” (Read more about this event at TeamUSA.com.) But since all four of them finished in the top 60, they'll be competing in this afternoon’s Pursuit event.