Lake Placid’s Tim Burke notches first Biathlon World Cup podium in Ostersund

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 3, 2009 9:44 am

It’s the opening of the 2009-’10 Biathlon World Cup, going down in Ostersund, Sweden.  For Lake Placid‘s Tim Burke, it was boiled potatoes and fish for dinner and his first World Cup podium for breakfast.  

In the 20km Individual, Burke finished second to Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway, and just ahead of Christoph Sumann of Austria.

The 5-time National Champion had blogged about making changes to his off-season training program in hopes of better early season results.  Mission accomplished and a huge day for Tim Burke heading towards the Winter Olympics.

Wikipedia Education:
Biathlon Individual = The 20 kilometres (12 mi) individual race (15 km for women) is the oldest biathlon event; the distance is skied over five laps. The biathlete shoots four times at any shooting lane,[1] in the order of prone, standing, prone, standing, totalling 20 targets. For each missed target a fixed penalty time, usually one minute, is added to the skiing time of the biathlete. Competitors’ starts are staggered, normally by 30 seconds.

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