For Teela, this was her best effort in a World Cup competition. “This was good for Denise today,” commented coach Per Nilsson. “We decided before the race that she would approach today as a threshold type of workout, because the course is really tough and this is her first race after having pneumonia during the World Championships.”
Teela had two clean stages, as did Lanny Barnes. Nilsson added, “Lanny’s prone shooting today was some of here best of the season, very good cadence, and nice center shots.”
Andrea Henkel of Germany won today’s competition, in 49:27.2 with one penalty shooting. The German also won the Mass Start at the Biathlon World Championships, just over two weeks ago. Olympic champion Florence Baverel-Robert of France, with clean shooting, was 21.6 seconds behind Henkel, splitting Henkel from her teammate Kati Wilhelm, who finished third. Wilhelm, with two penalties, was 55.1 seconds back.>p> The three US women were 9:14.4, 10:33.8, and 11:09.5 back respectively.
On Thursday, the men will tackle the same tough course for their 20K Individual. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY), Jay Hakkinen (Kasilof, AK), Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY), and Jeremy Teela (Anchorage, AK) will start for the US Biathlon Team.
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