Lanny Barnes is taking aim at Russia.
So is her twin sister, Tracy.
Lanny Barnes, Durango native and member of the current U.S. Olympic Team, concluded her competitive assignments Tuesday
at the Vancouver Winter Games when she competed in the biathlon relay.
The U.S. relay team, racing on soft snow, struggled in the difficult conditions on a cloudy, overcast and warm day. The
Americans finished 17th in the 4x6-kilometer relay that was won by Russia.
France finished second and Germany third.
Immediately after the competition, Lanny Barnes and her sister set their sights on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi,Russia. Tracy Barnes just missed making the 2010 Olympic squad after competing for the United States in Torino, Italy,in 2006.
Tracy and I are going for another Olympics 2014," Lanny Barnes said in a telephone interview Tuesday night from
Vancouver. Hopefully, we can win some medals there."
Barnes said she and her sister decided to dedicate their lives to biathlon and shoot for another Olympic experience in
While Tuesday's team finish was somewhat disappointing, Barnes said the U.S. team gave a solid performance against the
best biathlon teams in the world.
We were able to maintain contact early. Sara (Studebaker) had a great leg scrambling from the start," Barnes said of
her teammate from Boise, Idaho.
We had goals of finishing higher. But we were pleased with the team effort," said the 27-year-old.
Barnes said the skies stayed cloudy Monday night, keeping the temperatures up and making the snow extremely soft.
It was a tough day (for skiing)," Barnes said.
It didn't get as cold as it had been, and it didn't freeze (Monday) night," she said. The snow was super deep sugar
It really was pretty brutal out there. But it was only a 6K leg.
Conditions like that definitely put an emphasis on the shooting," said Barnes, who was competing in her second Olympic
The Russians took advantage, moving into a huge lead on the third leg of the four-member relay.
Olga Medvedtseva practically guaranteed the win for the Russians after her quick shooting gave teammate Olga Zaitseva a
45-second head start on German rival Andrea Henkel at the final exchange.
Zaitseva had plenty of time on the final straightaway to enjoy the victory, slowing down and blowing kisses to the
crowd as she entered the ski stadium.
The Russian team, which included Svetlana Sleptsova and Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, finished the 4x6K race in 1 hour, 9
minutes, 36.3 seconds.
The French quartet of Marie Laure Brunet, Sylvie Becaert, Marie Dorin and Sandrine Bailly took the silver after
finishing 32.8 seconds behind.
The German team of Kati Wilhelm, Simone Hauswald, Martina Beck and Henkel earned bronze, 37.1 seconds back.
Zaitseva and Bogaliy-Titovets were part of the Russian team that won the same event in Torino four years ago.
The Americans finished in 1:15:47.5.
In the relay format, the skiers can shoot eight times at the five targets at each position.
Only five bullets can be loaded at a time, so skiers will lose time reloading if they miss. After using all eight
rounds, the competitor must ski a 150-meter penalty loop for each remaining target.
The U.S. team included Hayley Johnson of Lake Placid, N.Y., and Laura Spector of Lenox, Mass.
It was another learning experience," said Barnes, who finished 23rd in the 15-kilometer individual biathlon Thursday -
the highest finish for an American woman since the 1994 Winter Games.
And it was fun to rumble with those teams," said Barnes, the daughter of Thad and Deb Barnes of Durango.
The relay is my favorite event. I love team sports. Growing up in Durango, playing soccer I love team sports," she
I'd like to thank everyone in Durango. It's been amazing the support I've gotten from them the e-mails, the phone
Now, I can't wait to get home," Barnes said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.