The United States biathlon team opened the IBU World Cup season this weekend in Sweden.
Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake was the top American woman in Saturday's sprint event, placing 32nd with a time of 24:41.4. Hilde Fenne of Norway won the event in 22:36.1 and Weronika Nowakowska-Zieminak of Poland was second in 22:36.2.
Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid kicked off his season Sunday as part of the United States' mixed relay team. Bailey joined with Susan Dunklee, Sara Studebaker and Jay Hakkinen to post a time of 1:17:50.5 for 17th place.
Russia won the mixed relay in 1:12:41.3, followed by Norway and Czech Republic.
"Although it definitely wasn't the U.S.'s best mixed relay performance, I think it was a solid start to the season and a good way to prep for the upcoming races," Bailey wrote in his blog (www.lowellbailey.com).
Tim Burke of Paul Smiths was forced to sit out the opening weekend due to a cold he picked up during his trip to Europe.
"I have still trained a decent amount, but I have not been able to do any intense training since arriving here 10 days ago," Burke wrote in his blog. "Normally, I am able to train more aggressively with a head cold, but this one went straight to my chest. Cold weather and hard breathing don't mix well with coughing."
Burke wrote that he has been feeling better the last few days and plans to participate in the first 20-kilometer individual race of the season Wednesday in Oestersund, Sweden.
"I am not sure how I will feel after so much easy training, but I am hopeful that I can get right back into race shape after a few hard efforts," Burke wrote.