Biathlon WC Opening: Tim Burke, fantastic in Ostersund!

07/Dec/2009

Biathlon WC Opening: Tim Burke, fantastic in Ostersund!

Riders in this news :  Tim BURKE

Great opening for American Tim Burke, 2 times on the podium!
4 racers Rossignol on the relay’s podiums!

This is an historic result for the US Biathlon team! American Tim Burke equalled, on Thursday at Ostersund, the best american result which dates back to 1987 on the World Cup tour (2nd place from J. Thompson in Calgary). Indeed, Tim crossed the finish line of the 20 km in second position with one missed shoot. A result which gave him enough confidence to keep up the good work and climb once again onto the podium on Saturday!!!
Without a fail in the shooting range, Burke signed his second podium of the weekend taking 3rd place in the 10 km Sprint.
This is a huge step that Tim achieved there. Closed to the podium several times in the past years, the American skier showed that he is now at his highest level and ready to fight for the victory in the competitions to come.
“I have really worked hard since the 2006 Olympic winter Games. Coach Per Nilsson’s training program has made a huge difference. At the same time, the staff and everyone at the US Biathlon Association have given me all of the necessary support that made this possible.”
“I felt really relaxed. Last year, I was pretty sick at the beginning of the season and did not score a World Cup point before Christmas. I thought that I could not start worse than last year. The really relaxed feeling helped a lot. . . I was in the zone; it felt like training.”

Yesterday, the French team with Martin Fourcade, on Rossignol, who compete for the first time as the last relay, won the competition! The same for Martina Beck in the women’s relay who climbed the first step of the podium with the German team ahead of the French girls with Marie-Laure Brunet and Marie Dorin!

Stay tuned for the next World Cup stage scheduled next weekend in Hochfilzen!

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