Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen had the 15km mass start biathlon locked up—until he raised his arms and nearly got caught by France's Martin Fourcade, lunging just beside him. How close was Svendsen to accomplishing one of the biggest Olympic boners of all time? Real freaking close:
[The mass start of the women's 12.5k biathlon. AP Photo/Gero Breloer.]
Heavy fog in the mountains above Sochi caused postponements of men's biathlon and snowboard cross races today. Visibilities were near zero at times, making the shooting portion of biathlon impossible, and snowboarding downright dangerous. But let no one say organizers didn't try everything in their power to get the…
[Grete Gaim of Estonia rests after finishing the women's biathlon 7.5k sprint, and among all the color she's wearing, her beautiful yet intimidating contact lenses stand out. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP]
"Bjoerndalen looks good—he's hangin' it all out there—but will it be enough?"
Tracy and Lanny Barnes entered last weekend's IBU Cup event in Italy competing for the last open spots on the U.S. Olympic biathlon team. But Lanny fell ill and wasn't able to participate in three of the four races, and landed just outside the cutoff to make the squad—just behind Tracy. The next morning, Tracy…
NBC finally captures the glory of live sports as Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen fails to medal, but leaves it all on the course. Including his lunch. (Incident completely unacknowledged by the announcers, of course.) [Video via NBC]
Tim Burke, the pride of Paul Smiths, New York, continued his strong performance at the Biathlon World cup.
OK, now this is what we're talkin' about. Remember how you said that you wouldn't be watching the Winter Olympics? You pointed out, as we recall, that American Idol was kicking the Olympics' ass in the ratings, and that watching luge was about as exciting as observing avocados ripen. Well, what if the Winter…