Preview: Can U.S. finally score first Olympic biathlon medal?

Tim Burke

All events can be seen live online. TV listings can be found here.

Today – Men’s 10km sprint, 9:30 a.m. ET
Sunday – Women’s 7.5km sprint, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 10 – Men’s 12.5km pursuit, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 11 – Women’s 10km pursuit, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 13 – Men’s 20km individual, 9 a.m. ET
Feb. 14 – Women’s 15km individual, 9 a.m. ET
Feb. 16 – Men’s 15km mass start, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 17 – Women’s 12.5km mass start, 10 a.m. ET
Feb. 19 – Mixed relay, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 21 – Women’s 4 x 6km relay, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 22 – Men’s 4 x 7.5km relay, 9:30 a.m. ET

Today – 2:30-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Sunday – 2-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 10 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 11 – 12:05-1:05 a.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 13 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 14 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 16 – 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 3-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 17 – 1:30-3 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 3-5 p.m. ET on NBC
Feb. 19 – 1-2 a.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 21 – 9:30 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN; 3-5 p.m. ET on NBC
Feb. 22 – 2:30-6 p.m. ET, NBC

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Tim Burke’s silver medal at the 2013 world championships has fueled hopes that Team USA can finally earn its first Olympic biathlon medal in Sochi. It’ll be a tough mission to complete, but the first American ever to lead the sport’s World Cup is capable of doing the job. Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee are also worth keeping tabs on.

We’ll start with 40-year-old Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who is one medal away from tying fellow Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie (cross-country skiing) and his Winter Olympic record of 12 medals. Another top contender is France’s Martin Fourcade, a silver medalist in Vancouver that may not be this Olympics’ Michael Phelps but will be a threat for multiple golds. Last but not least, there’s Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen, your current world champion in the sprint and pursuit disciplines.

The women’s field features yet another Norwegian set to lead the pack in Tora Berger, who came away with the Olympic title four years ago in the 15km individual. Belarus’ Darya Domracheva (the world champion in mass start) and the Czech Republic’s Gabriela Soukalova should be among Berger’s top rivals.

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

Derrick Mein

Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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