SOCHI -- Boise biathlete Sara Studebaker continued her Olympic quest Tuesday, placing 51st in the Women's 10km biathlon pursuit event.
Studebaker, who was previously ranked second among American biathletes, finished 44th in the 7.5km sprint on Saturday.
That ranking meant she started Tuesday's event nearly two minutes behind biathlon leader Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia.
It was a tough and foggy race for Studebaker, who clocked a time of 35:00.00 and suffered five misses in the pursuit.
The pursuit event includes four stops and five targets. Athletes are given penalty laps of 150m for each target missed.
“You can’t come back from that,” opening misses, the 29-year-old said. “I love racing and I was so psyched to be out there today. I felt good on skis on today so I was like well I’m going to keep going and it can only get better. It wasn’t a bad race, it wasn’t great. The downhills were tough. There was some really strange spots that were really soupy, and you couldn’t push where you wanted to push.
“Luckily we finished before it was getting foggy on my last loop. It would have been a real big problem if this had happened 15-20 minutes earlier.”
Jeff Metcalfe with USA TODAY Sports contributed to this article.
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