Ruhpolding, Germany, January 12. Jay Hakkinen (Kasilof, AK) on the heels of 10-for-10 shooting placed 17th in the 10K Sprint competition here today.
With his first clean shooting of the season, Hakkinen had his best result since the season-opening 20K Individual in Kontiolahti, Finland where he placed 9th. Although a light drizzle fell all afternoon, nothing fazed Hakkinen, shooting confidently in both the prone and standing stages. He had what Coach Per Nilsson called, “a perfect biathlon race, I am happy that Jay and Lowell (Bailey, in 28th place) both scored points. Most importantly, they both (along with Tim Burke) are improving. The places are less important now than the improvements in skiing and shooting that we saw today.”