Megan Tandy was a sharpshooter in her first Olympic biathlon race.
The 21-year-old from Prince George shot cleanly, hitting 10 of 10 targets, and fought through steady rain on a slushy course at Whistler Olympic Park to finish as the top Canadian in the women's 7.5-kilometre sprint on Saturday.
Tandy placed 46th out of 89 racers, in 22 minutes seven seconds, good enough to qualify in the top-60 for Tuesday's pursuit.
Slovakia's Anastazia Kuzmina won gold. Kuzmina missed one of 10 shots and finished in 19 minutes 55.6 seconds on a course that had to be sprinkled with fertilizer to harden up snow that had been pelted for days with rain and sleet.
Germany's Magdalena Neuner took the silver, finishing 1.5 seconds behind Kuzmina, and Marie Dorin of France won the bronze with a clean shoot that left her 10.9 seconds off the lead.
Tandy was two minutes and 12 seconds off the winning pace of Kuzmina.
With files from Canadian Press
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