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Colonie cop takes top honors in international and unique biathlon competition

Colonie Patrolman Louis DiNuzzo won the gold medal in the men’s individual biathlon at the World Police and Fire Games 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was held Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 10.

Colonie Patrolman Louis DiNuzzo won the gold medal in the men’s individual biathlon at the World Police and Fire Games 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was held Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 10. Submitted photo

— That small advantage helped him complete his biathlon in just over 20 minutes and secure first place.

This wasn’t the first time DiNuzzo took home a high score at the World Police and Fire Games. Two years ago, DiNuzzo and his longtime friend Colonie Patrolman Todd Weiss participated in the 2011 competition in New York City. The two competed in the team biathlon with 30 other pairs and earned the silver medal.

Weiss, who has been with the Colonie Police Department for the past 13 years, didn’t join DiNuzzo at this year’s competition, but said he plans on training for the 2015 event in Fairfax, Va. He said he couldn’t be happier for DiNuzzo’s accomplishments.

“I think it’s unbelievable. He works hard, it’s something that he deserves,” Weiss said.

Colonie police Lt. John Archambault has supervised DiNuzzo the past three years, and described DiNuzzo as a “self-initiative, self-starter, go-getter kind of guy.”

“I don’t think we could have had a better person represent the quality of people that come out of this police department and the way they act and what they are capable of doing,” Archambault said. “I think Lou is probably one of our frontrunners on all of those points.”

For his first time overseas, DiNuzzo said Ireland was so green it looked like “spray painted lawn” and the people were incredibly friendly. While the competition helped him meet officers from all over the world, he said meeting the Irish officers showed him a very “different world” that’s been shaped by years of conflict.

“Their police stations look like military stations with high walls and fences. They certainly have to watch their back a little more than the police here,” DiNuzzo said.

Now back in the states, DiNuzzo continues to run anywhere from three to 10 miles a day, almost every day. While he plans to attend the next World Police and Fire Games, now DiNuzzo is training for several upcoming local races, including the Turkey Trot and the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon. As he continues to train and race, DiNuzzo said he hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon next year.

“Running is a lot about camaraderie … a lot of good sportsmanship … it’s like a gentleman’s sport,” DiNuzzo said. “I like to compete, I like to win. If I don’t win, it makes me train harder.”

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