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Lowell Bailey USA in mens biathlon km sprint.

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USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux crashes into Finland goaltender Noora Raty during a womens hockey Group A game.

Bailey, who called this the toughest field Ive ever seen in biathlon, will still have opportunities in the upcoming k and .k pursuit, but he knows he needs to improve his times if he wants to compete at the level he expected.

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Simen Hegstad Krueger NOR reacts at the finish line during the mens crosscountry skiathlon.

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Arnd Peiffer of Germany was the surprising goldmedal winner, followed by Michael Krcmar of the Czech Republic and Italys Dominik Windisch on the podium.

United States defenseman Kacey Bellamy and Finland forward Michelle Karvinen go for the puck during womens hockey Group A play.

American snowboard slope gold medalist Red Gerard, right, celebrates on the podium with Canadian silver medalist Max Parrot.

Seitaro Ichinohe JPN reacts after competing in the ,m speed skating event.

Alexis Contin FRA and Davide Ghiotto ITA compete in the ,m speed skating event.

Bailey wasnt the only world champion to have a surprisingly slow run Sunday in the cold, brutally windy conditions at Alepsnia Biathlon Centre. Norwegian Johannes Thinges Boe and Frenchman Martin Fourcade, who have combined to win of the races on the World Cup circuit this year, finished st and eighth, respectively, as they struggled with their shooting in the near singledigit temperatures.

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Ondrej Hotarek and Valentina Marchei of Italy complete their pairs free skate during the team figure skating event.

I just have to stay positive and hope for the best and hope my ski speed improves, he said. The great thing is I have a good team behind me. We had incredible skis today. Our wax technicians did a great job. Everyone did a great job getting me to the start line. Now its just about me executing.

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo NOR leads the pack at the start of the mens crosscountry skiathlon.

Bailey, whose flawless shooting led him to the surprise world championship last February in Hochfilzen, Austria, missed only one of his standing shots, though it did not affect his placement in any significant way.

Arisa Murata JPN during the womens moguls final.

It wasnt a bad race. I had a really good first lap. I just didnt have it in my legs on the second and third lap. Its not too r away, and with any luck, Ill feel better and better as the Games go on.

Bailey, , is leaving the sport following this World Cup season and moving to Montana, where he will head a biathlon training center. And given his success last year, Pyeongchang seemed like a tremendous opportunity to go out with an entirely new Olympic legacy in the only winter sport the U.S. has never medaled in one that is typically dominated by Norway and other European countries.

Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the mens km x km skiathlon.

United States forward Monique LamoureuxMorando scores a goal against Finland during womens hockey Group A play.

American snowboarder Red Gerard speaks to the media after clinching gold in mens slope.USA TODAY Sports

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea Lowell Baileys final Olympics didnt get off to the start he hoped for in the biathlon mens k sprint, where he finished rd on Sunday night. Bailey, a fourtime Olympian who won the United States first world championship last year in the k race, said hell simply need to improve his speed if he wants to win his countrys first medal in this brutal sport that matches crosscountry skiing with target rifle shooting.

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I just havent had the ski shape that I had last year, said Bailey, who finished the race in minutes, . seconds, roughly off the podium. I havent gotten the speed going this year, and thats the way biathlon is. It just, you can have a great year of training and not really know where you ski speed went. On the other hand, things can change quickly.

United States forward Kendall Coyne celebrates after scoring a goal against Finland during womens hockey Group A play.

hris Mazdzer USA , David Gleirscher AUT and Johannes Ludwig GER celebrate on the podium after the mens singles luge.

Gold medalist Simen Hegstad Krueger celebrates with silver medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby and bronze medalist Hans Christer Holund after Norway swept the km x km skiathlon.

Chris Mazdzer USA celebrates winning the silver medal in the mens singles luge.

Americans Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim complete their pairs free skate during the team figure skating event.

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir complete their short program during the team figure skating event.

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Finland defenseman Minnamari Tuominen checks United States forward Kendall Coyne during womens hockey Group A play.

FPerrine Laf FRA celebrates winning gold, Justine DufourLapointe CAN celebrates winning silver, and Yulia Galysheva KAZ celebrates winning bronze on the podium in womens moguls.

Jules Lapierre FRA lays on the ground after the mens crosscountry skiing skiathlon.

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Michal Krcmar CZE, Arnd Peiffer GER and Dominik Windisch ITA celebrate on the podium after the mens biathlon km sprint.

Claudia Gueli AUS competes in womens moguls qualification.

Michal Krcmar CZE shoots in mens biathlon km sprint.

Lea Bouard GER competes in womens moguls.

Olympic Athletes from Russia goaltender Nadezhda Aleksandrova makes a save against Canada forward Jillian Saulnier.

Lowell Bailey must improve his speed after finishing rd in k biathlon sprint.

United States goaltender Madeline Rooney watches the puck go by her net against Finland during womens hockey Group A play.

Sven Kramer NED reacts after winning the gold medal in the ,m speed skating event.

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Marika Pertakhiya OAR competes in the womens moguls final

Satoko Miyahara of Japan completes her short program during the team figure skating event.

Magnus Nedregotten NOR delivers a stone.

Red Gerard during the snowboard slope competition.

USA ns cheer for Chris Mazdzer USA during the mens singles luge.

Its cold, its a little tough to feel the trigger, he said. And I let that shot go a little early, so I would have liked to have that shot, but theres never a missed shot Im happy about. Thats the way it is.

American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani complete their short program during the team figure skating event.

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Red Gerard takes the stand after winning gold in the snowboard slope competition.

Olympic Athletes from Russia huddle before the game against Canada during womens ice hockey Group A play.

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It is not obvious to me that the market has hit a floor yet, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, told CNBC on Friday.

Global stocks set for worst week since September

The recent selling is also thought to have been exacerbated by expectations of higher U.S. interest rates.

Many market watchers believe the market turmoil over the past week is reflective of a long overdue pullback after substantial gains in and early .

Shepherdson said he was inagreement with New York Fed President Bill Dudley, in that the recent market turmoil was not evidence of a macroeconomic event … yet. Therefore, the Fed would likely continue to raise interest rates throughout , he added.

Global stocks were on track to post their biggest weekly decline since the of the euro zone crisis on Friday, after alate slump on Wall Streettriggered another dramatic selloff.

Nonetheless, over the past year, the record bull run has been viewed withskepticism by many market watchers, who have frequently warned against historically overvalued stock prices. The main drivers of socalled inflated asset prices are thought, in part, to stem from synchronized global growth, unhinged exuberance among traders and prolonged stimulus from central banks.

U.S. stocks have generally been moving higher for about nine years and during that time, indexes have gained around percent, not including idends.

The moves on Wall Street consequently dampened sentiment in Asia and Europe, with investors watching closely to see if global indexes go into a correction.

Investors were reminded of marketintrinsic risks by the ct that some of the latest product innovations went up in smoke, taking stock markets halfway with them, Christian Gattiker, chief strategist and head of research at Julius Baer, said via email on Friday.

We doubt that we will ever learn the truth behind what will go down in financial history books as the short volatility flash crash, he added.

Many market watchers believe the market turmoil over the past week is reflective of a long overdue pullback after substantial gains in and early . The recent selling is also thought to have been exacerbated by expectations ofhigher U.S. interest rates.

The MSCIs broadest index of global shares which captures worldwide equity returns in developed and emerging markets slipped . percent over the past week. And, as long as the index is still more than . percent lower when U.S. markets close later on Friday, will mean it lls to its worst weekly loss since September .

U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday, as robust corporate earnings and strong economic data did little to offset Wall Street jitters about higher interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average closed over , points lower at ,., entering correction territory. The stock index also closed at its lowest level since November . The Dow is also on track to post its biggest weekly decline since October .

Asian stockscontinued a market routon Friday, as Chinese equities ed percent. Both of Beijings major indexes posted their largest singleday losses since February . Meanwhile,in Europe, stocks were mostly trading lower on Friday morning, as investors monitored the release of fresh corporate news while keeping an eye on market turbulence across the world.

It is not obvious to me that the market has hit a floor yet, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, told CNBC on Friday.