Local athletes fare well

LAKE PLACID - Vancouver Olympian Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid) turned in his second best-ever career performance during Thursday's, Jan. 20, 10 km World Cup biathlon sprint competition held in Antholz, Italy.

On his way to a 12th place race result, the two-time Olympian clocked a time of 24 minutes, 24.9 seconds. Bailey was strong in both components of the race, shooting and skiing. He was the second fastest shooter and the 10th fastest skier.

Bailey's teammate, Tim Burke (Paul Smiths), also turned in a strong showing, placing 34th in a time of 24:59.8 Bailey's Thursday finish also qualified him for Saturday's, Jan. 23, men's 15 km mass start competition, where he recorded a 22nd place result and a time of 37:32.8. This was the first time that any U.S. skier had qualified for a mass start race this season.

On the women's side, 2010 Olympian Haley Johnson (Lake Placid) came away from Antholz with a 37th place finish in the 7.5 km sprint competition.

The Nordic Combined World Cup tour stopped in Caux-Neuve, France last weekend, where U.S. two-time Olympic medalist Billy Demong (Vermontville, N.Y.) scored a 22nd place finish, Saturday, followed by a 26th place result, Sunday. Demong is competing on a limited World Cup schedule, since he and his wife, Katie, are expecting their first child soon.

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