World champion Lowell Bailey off to slow stworld newsart in Olympic biathlon

Red Gerard in the snowboard slope competition.

Seppe Smits of Belgium wipes out during the snowboard slope competition.

Lowell Bailey USA in mens biathlon km sprint.

MORETeam figure skating feels a little contrived, weird

Action during the womens ice hockey game between Canada and Olympic Athletes from Russia.

United States forward Danielle Cameranesi scores an emptynet goal against Finland during womens hockey Group A play.

Audrey Robichaud CAN competes in the womens moguls final.

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.

Red Gerard celebrates after claiming gold in snowboard slope for the United States first medal of the Games.

Chloe DufourLapointe CAN competes in the womens moguls final

American Bradie Tennell completes her short program during the team figure skating event.

Alex Ferlazzo AUS during the third run of the mens singles luge.

Chris Mazdzer USA reacts after the third run of the mens single luge.

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

Staale Sandbech of Norway competes in snowboard slope.

The United States celebrates after beating Finland during womens hockey Group A play.

Nils Van Der Poel SWE competes in the ,m speed skating event.

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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American Lowell Bailey finished rd in the mens k biathlon sprint.Photo Matt Kryger, Matt KrygerUSA TODAY Sports

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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.

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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.

View of the start of the mens crosscountry skiing skiathlon.

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.

Finland forward Venla Hovi celebrates scoring a goal with teammates against the United States during womens hockey Group A play.

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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