FORT KENT, Maine - It was a golden weekend for Durango twins Lanny Barnes and Tracy Barnes-Colliander, with a little silver and bronze thrown in.
The two members of the United States Biathlon Team were in northern Maine competing in three events as part of the U.S. National Biathlon Championships.
Last Thursday, Tracy took the silver medal in the 7.5K sprint with a time of 25:17.1. Lanny took bronze in 25:44.5.
On Saturday, the twins moved up a notch with a 1-2 finish in the 12.5-K pursuit race.
When it came to shooting over the weekend, no one could touch Barnes-Colliander, who shot clean all four rounds on her way to a gold medal finish in the women's 10K pursuit Saturday afternoon.
It was the first clean four-round shooting race in her career.
"It was shocking," Barnes-Colliander said. "I had to keep looking at the final target to make sure I'd really hit it."
Barnes-Colliander finished with a time of 31:37.7, just over 2 minutes ahead of her twin sister and silver medalist Lanny Barnes, who missed one target in round one of the prone round, but shot clean standing.
A minute later, Annelies Cook crossed the finish line in third place.
Barnes was forced to sit out Sunday's mass start race because of a recurring foot injury, but she cheered her sister on to her second gold in two days.
For much of the race Sunday, Barnes-Colliander was alone on the 12.5K course because she was so far ahead of her nearest competitor.
Missing just one of 20 targets in her four rounds of shooting, Barnes-Colliander finished in a time of 44.23.9.
Four minutes later, Laura Spector from the U.S. Biathlon Association team crossed the line for the silver medal with Cook, from the Utah Ski Team, taking bronze in 48:31.6.
"Tracy did awesome," coach and husband Gary Colliander said. "Out of three races ... she only missed one shot, and her skiing looked much better."
Coaching and training has a large part to do with her success, but at least one fan was taking partial credit for Barnes-Colliander's win on Sunday.
"She was wearing my boots," said Sam Humphries, a student in Maine and member of the Southern Maine Biathlon Club.
"Her boots hurt her feet, so I offered her mine since we wear the same size."
The youngster is hopeful some of that gold-medal karma rubs off.
"I'm racing in Quebec next week," Humphries said. "I'm hoping those boots make me super fast now."
Lanny and Tracy are no strangers to competition at the 10th Mountain Lodge in Fort Kent. The two formerly trained at the biathlon facility in Fort Kent.
The course at Fort Kent, however, was modified for this year's competition.
"The new hills are tough," Tracy said. "They needed the new terrain here to compare with the other World Cup venues, (and) I think when the (Europeans) come back they will find it tough."
The races in Fort Kent also were the 10th stop on the North American Cup circuit.
The Barnes twins are the daughters of Thad and Deb Barnes of Durango.