Team USA’s Bjorn Westervelt celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win gold in the 12.5K biathlon pursuit race Thursday on Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Parker O’Brien/Adirondack Enterprise

LAKE PLACID — If someone were to describe Bjorn Westervelt’s performance in the men’s 12.5K biathlon pursuit race Thursday, they would probably say “clutch.”

After winning the first FISU Winter World University Games medal in biathlon by a men’s U.S. athlete Wednesday, Westervelt one-upped his own result by winning gold in 35 minutes, 38.3 seconds Thursday. Westervelt said Thursday’s race was completely different than his silver medal winning performance on Wednesday.

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