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Tim Burke

Tim Burke

Paul Smiths

Biathlon

Saranac Lake High graduate Tim Burke, right, will be competing in his third Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. At the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy, Burke finished 35th in the sprint and ninth as a member of the relay team that included Lake Placid’s Lowell Bailey. He returned to the Olympics four years later in Vancouver, Canada, to finish 18th in the mass start and helped the U.S. relay team, again along with Bailey, to a 13th place finish. He has finished second three times in World Cup Competition, earning a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in the individual race. He has also finished third twice. Other personal bests at the World Championships include a ninth place finish in the sprint (2008), 10th place in the pursuit (2008), 24th in the mass start (2007) and a sixth place finish in relay (2011). Burke held the top world ranking during part of the 2009-10 World Cup season.

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Lowell Bailey

Lowell Bailey

Lake Placid

Biathlon

UVM and Lake Placid graduate Lowell Bailey, left, will compete in his third Winter Olympic Games when he heads to Sochi. At the Torino, Italy Games in 2006, Bailey finished 27th in the individual event and ninth in the relay event along with teammate Tim Burke of Saranac Lake. Bailey and Burke joined again at the 2010 Vancouver, Canada Games for a 13th place finish in the relay along with a 36th place finish in both the sprint and pursuit events. His best World Cup results have come over the past two seasons, with a pair of fifth place finishes in the 2011-12 season in the sprint and a seventh place finish in the sprint in 2012-13. Bailey twice finished as the runner-up in the NCAA championships as a Catamount. When he is not skiing, Bailey is on the stage as a mandolin player for Big Slyde.

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