The U.S. has never been able to claim an Olympic biathlon medal. However, going into Sochi, a handful of Americans appear capable of finally ending their country’s drought in the sport.
As a 2013 world championship silver medalist and the first American ever to lead the sport’s World Cup, Tim Burke (pictured) will lead the charge.
But he won’t be alone. Like Burke, Lowell Bailey is a seasoned, three-time Olympian. And on the women’s side, Susan Dunklee has momentum after claiming the best-ever World Cup finish by a U.S. female biathlete last month.
The biathlon competition is set to begin on Saturday with the men’s 10km sprint. NBC Olympics’ Steve Schlanger and Chad Salmela set the stage from Laura Biathlon and Ski Complex in their Subway Fresh Take, over on NBCOlympics.com.