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Smith to participate in men's biathlon on Day 1 of Olympic Games

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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Calgary native Nathan Smith will be competing in the men's 10 kilometre sprint biathlon competition on Saturday.

Smith will be wearing bib number one and will be joined in the competition by fellow Canadians Brendan Green of Hay River, Northwest Territories, Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Shannon, Quebec and Scott Perras of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Smith is not expected to contend for an Olympic medal. A Canadian has never won a medal in men's biathlon in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

The favourites are Norwegian world champion Emil Hegle Svendson, World Cup champion Martin Fourcade of France, two-time Olympic champion in the men's 10km Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway and Russian Evgeny Ustyugov, who finished second to Fourcade in a World Cup event in Sochi last year and third behind Fourcade and Svendsen in the 2013 World Cup standings.

The race can be seen at 7:30 a.m. mountain time on Sportsnet One.

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