December 22, 2009

Yes, it’s an American Who Leads the Biathlon World Cup

Lake Placid, NY - Don’t look now, but it’s an American who has sole possession of the yellow bib as the World Cup leader in biathlon. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) made U.S. history, Sunday, Dec. 21, when he took over first place in the overall series standings, following his sixth place finish in the men’s 12.5 km pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Through three series stops, the 27-year-old has earned 253 points and leads France’s Simon Fourcade by seven points heading into the next World Cup race, Jan. 7-10, in Oberhof, Germany.

“This is a tremendous tribute to the hard work and dedication that Tim has shown through the years,” said Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) president/CEO Ted Blazer. “Tim has a tremendous work ethic and I can think of no athlete more deserving than him… we’re all proud and rooting for him.”

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