Lanny Barnes finished short of the podium in the women’s biathlon race on Friday, but even competing in these Winter Games was not in her cards a month ago. She got her spot when her twin sister Tracy, also a biathlon athlete who did win a selection to the US Olympic team, voluntarily stepped down so Lanny could take her place.
Lanny Barnes initially missed the cut after falling ill during the qualification rounds. She was left standing next-in-line based on her past performance, which included finishing 23rd in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Tracy persuaded her to go in her stead, albeit with much difficulty from the initially reluctant Lanny. "I've always thought she's the stronger athlete," Tracy told ESPN last month. "She disagrees."