February 25th, 2011
After leading the U.S. in the ski race at World Military Championships on Wednesday, Robert “Duncan” Douglas repeated his performance in the biathlon race on Thursday, finishing 38th in the sprint competition with six penalties. Douglas was hampered by his 40% shooting, as only one of the competitors who beat him shot as poorly. Jesse Downs finished 51st with five penalties.
The race was won by Freidrich Pinter of Austria, a man with three World Cup podiums to his name; he beat out fifteen-time World Cup victor Frode Andresen of Norway – a 38-year-old who has skied in three Olympics and fifteen World Championships – by just under nine seconds. Idrek Tibrulets of Estonia, who has one less World Championships appearance but one more Olympics under his belt as well as a single World Cup podium, finished third.
The women’s sprint was dominated by Slovenia’s Teja Gregorin, who missed a single shot and finished with a 54-second victory. Gregorin has a number of top-10 finishes in World Cup action this season alone, and medaled at IBU World Championships in 2009. Karolin Horchler of Germany finished second, followed by Jori Moerkve of Norway.
The U.S. men also entered two teams in Friday’s patrol race. The first team, led by Karl Granroth and including Downs and Douglas, finished 13th, eighteen minutes behind the winning team from Finland; the second team, led by Brandon Adams, finished 15th.
Full results from all events here.