THE OLYMPICS / WINTER GAMES AT ALBERTVILLE : NOTES

Josh Thompson of Gunnison, Colo., finished 16th in the men's 20-kilometer biathlon race, the best U.S. biathlon showing of the Games.

"I just felt better out there today. I've been skiing the course more and now I'm comfortable with it. At first, the climbs were a little intimidating. Now they're not so bad."

Thompson said he felt much better with his showings here than he did four years ago at Calgary.

"I'm walking away with a smile on my face this time," he said. "I think the difference was that I was able to look back on my mistakes and avoid them this time."

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