Lanny Barnes will make her third trip to the Olympic Games for the U.S. A stronger shooter than skier relative to competition, Barnes initially had not qualified for Sochi having fallen ill during the Trials event in Ridnaun, Italy. But Barnes’ twin sister, Tracy, surrendered what would have been the spot she had earned on the team, and a second trip to the Games, to Lanny.
- 2012: World Championships – 11th (relay), 37th (individual), 67th (sprint)
- 2010: Olympics – 17th (relay), 23rd (individual), 78th (sprint)
- 2009: World Championships – 10th (relay), 39th (pursuit), 42nd (individual), 46th (sprint)
- 2008: World Championships – 18th (relay), 49th (individual), 63rd (sprint)
- 2007: World Championships – 40th (sprint), 49th (pursuit), 53rd (individual)
- 2006: Olympics – 15th (relay), 64th (individual)
- 2005: World Championships – 16th (relay), 44th (individual), 80th (sprint)
Things to know:
1. Barnes is the older of the twin sisters by five minutes over Tracy. There is not much that distinguishes the two as Tracy is only one inch taller. The main unique features between the sisters are the colors of their rifles, their hair styles, and their ski techniques. When Lanny skis, she holds her hands further out. “People say that it looks like I'm flapping my wings or trying to fly,” she said.
2. Growing up in Colorado, the Barnes twins both were passionate about soccer and shooting. They started out shooting arrows with tips made out of rubber suction cups before moving to pellet guns and small-bore rifles. As an early motivation, their father, Thad, gave the girls a quarter for every bull's eye, before the quarter supply became too depleted. Later, the twins competed in three-position (prone, kneeling and standing) shooting events. It was at one of those competitions that they met a US Biathlon recruiter, who was able to interest them in the skiing and shooting sport.
3. Barnes was one of only six biathletes in the 15km individual competition at the Vancouver Olympics who shot cleanly on all four stages. She finished 23rd in the competition, which was the best U.S. women’s performance in 16 years.