The first biathlon event of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games offered up two suprising medalists.
Slovakia’s Anastazia Kuzmina, ranked just 28th in the World Cup Standings, set an early pace of 19:55.6 and overcame a penalty to earn the Gold Medal in the women’s 7.5km sprint.
Kuzmina becomes the first Slovakia to win a Gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games.
While Neuner was a top medal contender, neither Kuzmina nor Dorin were expected to land on the podium. A number of the world’s top female biathletes, such as Helena Jonsson of Sweden and Andrea Henkel and Kati Wilhem of Germany, struggled as weather slowed the course.
Megan Tandy was the top Canadian, finishing in 46th position. By placing in the top 60, Tandy has qualified for Tuesday’s 10km pursuit.
Canadian teammates Zina Kocher (65th), Rosanna Crawford (72nd) and Megan Imrie (76th) failed to qualify for the 10km pursuit.