For the first time in history, an American skier leads the Biathlon World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 21, 2009 10:20 am

Tim Burke has officially made history as the first American biathlete to lead the Biathlon World Cup rankings. He had a phenomenal showing in Slovenia yesterday.

He finished ahead of his strongest opposition, Frenchman Simon Fourcade. They had been separated by only one point in the overall standings, so Burke had to bring it. And he brought it.

“I just saw it in his eyes. I just knew that he would get Fourcade,” team leader Bernd Eisenbichler said. Head coach Per Nilsson echoed Eisenbichler: “He was on fire, that’s for sure.”

“I am completely speechless,” Eisenbichler said. “We tried not to talk with Tim about the possibility to get yellow but of course we all thought about it. It’s truly unbelievable. The world’s best biathlete right now is an American!”

Congrats Tim Burke!