Locals Compete In Opening Weekend Of Olympics

02/15/10 6:34AM

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini
Lowell Bailey of the U.S. collapses on the finish line after the men's 10 km biathlon sprint event at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

In Olympic news, Hannah Kearney of Norwich has won the first U.S. gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics, taking the women's moguls Saturday night.

Several other athletes from our region competed this weekend, but none cracked the top three in their sports. Nick Alexander of Lebanon, New Hampshire and Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake, New York both competed in ski jumping, and shared 41st place.

In the Nordic combined 10k race, the U.S. won a medal in that event for the first time, but it wasn't Lake Placid's Bill Demong - as some had hoped. Instead, Johnny Spillane toke home the silver. Demong finished 6th.

Three Lake Placid locals competed in biathlon over the weekend, but none finished in the top 20. Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke took part in the men's 10k sprint. And Haley Johnson took part in the women's 7.5 k sprint.

In competition today, Montpelier's Liz Stephen and former Warren resident Caitlin Compton taking part in the women's 10k cross country skiing. In the men's downhill competition, Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid and Bode Miller of Franconia, New Hampshire face off. 

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