Originally created 12/31/01

Biathlon favorite recovers from poor shooting



MIDWAY, Utah -- Jeremy Teela won the 10-kilometer sprint on the second day of the U.S. biathlon trials Sunday, inching closer to one of four berths on the Olympic team.

On the women's side, Andrea Nahrgang of Heber City won the 7.5K sprint to complement her fourth-place finish the day before.

The Olympic trials continue Wednesday and Thursday, with the team announcement Thursday.

One of the biathlon favorites, Teela shot poorly Saturday and finished ninth. At practice Sunday, he said it took a long time to zero in on his shots.

"Last night I had this horrible dream where I couldn't shoot and the clouds were at my (shooting) stand," said Teela of Heber City. "When your confidence is down it's tough to shoot, it's tough to get back to business."

He finished the sprint 27 seconds ahead of his nearest rival with a total time of 28 minutes, 31.9 seconds.

Nahrgang improved her shooting Sunday, missing only one of 10 targets.

"We're still at the halfway point of these trials," said Nahrgang, who won in 24:08.4. "I'm still going to go out and race like every day is the first day."



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