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.
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.
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.