Men's biathlon race postponed because of fog

The Sports NetworkFebruary 17, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - The men's 15-kilometer biathlon mass start was postponed again on Monday because of fog.

The race was also postponed Sunday for the same issue -- the first time since 1998 that an Olympic biathlon competition was rescheduled, according to the International Biathlon Union.

The race was rescheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET) barring any more weather-related issues.

When it's held, France's Martin Fourcade will be aiming for his third biathlon gold medal of the Sochi Olympics. He earned the silver in the mass start four years ago at the Vancouver Games.

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will get another crack at setting the all-time Winter Olympics medal record. Bjoerndalen won the men's 10-kilometer sprint on Feb. 8 for his 12th medal, seven of them gold.

That tied him with Norwegian cross country skier Bjorn Daehlie for the most all-time among Winter Olympians. Daehlie won 12 medals between 1992-98 -- including eight golds.

Bjoerndalen, 40, should win a medal with Norway in the men's biathlon relay on Saturday and could also medal if he races in the mixed relay on Wednesday. He is the oldest Winter Olympian to win an individual gold.

Interestingly, Bjoerndalen won the previous Olympic biathlon event to be rescheduled -- the 10-kilometer sprint at the 1998 Nagano Games, which was interrupted by heavy snow and then fog.

The United States has never won an Olympic biathlon medal. Tim Burke has been the team's best performer in this event and will ski for the U.S.

Olympic organizers also were forced to postpone the men's snowboard cross Tuesday in Krasnaya Polyana because of fog.

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