Lanny Barnes, a Durango native, finished 17th last week in the 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay that was won by Russia.
She also finished 23rd in the 15-kilometer individual biathlon.
I think she was pretty happy with it," said her father, Thad Barnes. It was the highest finish in the race by an
American woman in 16 years, he said.
Barnes, 27, and her twin sister, Tracy, who did not make this year's team, vowed to return for the 2014 Winter
Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Tracy and I are going for another Olympics," Lanny Barnes said in a telephone interview last week from Vancouver.
Hopefully, we can win some medals there."
Subsequent attempts to reach the sisters by e-mail were not successful.
Tracy and Lanny Barnes have been making noise in international biathlon competitions for most of the last decade.
Tracy finished near the middle of the standings in the 2006 Olympics.
Biathlon combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting. In 2002, Lanny Barnes won the United States' first medal
in the World Junior Biathlon Championships in Italy, taking home the bronze.
The Barnes' parents, Deborah and Thad Barnes, live in Durango.