Tim Burke of US eyes biathlon breakthrough

Tim Burke of US eyes biathlon breakthrough

Published Feb. 17, 2010 2:11 p.m. ET

Tim Burke's chances of cracking America's biathlon barrier are down to a precious few.

There's the 20-kilometer individual race on Thursday and the 15-kilometer mass start Sunday. The Americans aren't considered a legitimate threat in the relay, the fifth and final race.

Burke says he has a better chance in the individual race because he is not skiing his best now.

Burke is the only U.S. biathlete to lead the overall World Cup standings. He is America's best hope to win its first medal in a sport that combines cross-country skiing and shooting.