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Hoover returns from biathlons

Tyrone native and Williamsburg resident Doug Hoover recently returned from the Summer Biathlon World Championships, which were held in Ufa, Russia last week. He produced mixed race results in an experience that he describes as the experience of a lifetime.
Unlike his last trip to the World Championships in 2003, in which he was the new face on the American team, Hoover entered this year\’s competition as the reigning National Champion. His initial performances at the world championships validated this title.
In the men\’s sprint race, Hoover produced what would be the best result of the American contingent as he took 19th place with two shooting penalties in the prone position and clean shooting in the standing stage. “I came into this competition thinking that if I got into the top-20, I would be thrilled. So, I am happy with that performance. But, there\’s still room for improvement. My legs were still feeling the jet lag for that first race,” Hoover said.
In the men\’s pursuit race, Hoover\’s legs were past the jet lag, but they now were feeling the effects of a cold that Hoover had contracted. Despite that, he managed to produce the second best result of the American contingent as he dropped to 23rd place…one spot behind teammate and 1992 Olympian Erich Wilbrecht. Hoover\’s 60% shooting performance in that race was below his 80% average and that is what cost him the most time.