Russian Victory Provides Storybook Ending to Olympics

The Russian team of Alexey Volkov, Evgeny Ustyugov, Dmitry Malyshko and Anton Shipulin delighted the home fans with a victory in the final biathlon competition of the Olympics.

Norway looked like the team to beat after building a 20 second lead in the second leg, but Germany and Russia closed the gap by the final exchange. At the final shooting it came down to Norway, Germany, Russia and Austria. Emil Hegle Svendsen came in first but struggled with a penalty and dropped back to fourth. Shipulin and Simon Schempp went off for a final lap battle, with Dominik Landertinger alone in third. The Russian fans were in a state of frenzy when Shipulin came into the stadium just ahead of Schempp, and when Schempp was unable to find a way past Shipulin in the finish chute the party was on.

The Canadian team of JP Le Guellec, Scott Perras, Brendan Green and Nathan Smith kept battling after an early penalty by Le Guellec in standing and slowly crept up the standings, finishing in a best-ever 7th place.

The US team was hit by illness late in the Olympics, and struggled to a 16th place finish with three penalties.

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