Team USA Men and Women Close Antholz World Cup With Strong Relay Performances
ANTHOLZ-ANTERSELVA, Italy (January 20, 2013) - Team USA
posted a season-best 10th place finish in the women's 4x6-kilometer relay
today. The squad (Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY), Susan Dunklee
(Barton, VT), Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID), and Hannah
Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT)) posted a time of 1:17:45.2 (0+6+1+8) to
place 10th, +4:43.1 back from Team Germany (Hildebrand, Gossner, Horchler and
Henkel), winning with a time of 1:13:02 (0+7+0+3). Team Russia (Glazyrina,
Zaitseva, Shumilova and Vilukhina) finished second (1:13:19.5/0+3+0+6), and
Team France (Bescond, Boilley, Brunet and Dorin Habert) took third with a time
Studebaker led Team USA with an outstanding performance,
shooting 10 for 10 at the range and and skiing strong. "Today was a
solid day for me," said Studebaker. I was really happy to end the
trimester on a good note. I had some good people to ski around and it
definitely felt nice to shoot so well. I think today was really indicative of
our team's potential - we had our best team result of the year with some
less-than-perfect legs, so we're all excited to see what we can do when we all
put together good days. It definitely gives us momentum going into World
Extended results from the women's 4x6 relay are available here.
Team USA's men (Lowell Bailey
(Lake Plaid, NY), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY), Russell Currier
(Stockholm, ME) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN)) finished 12th in today's
4x7.5-kilometer relay with a time of 1:16:47.3 (0+4+2+9).
Bailey had a great
lead off leg today and tagged the team off in 6th place, but Currier had a very
impressive leg, using two extra rounds in prone and cleaning standing in just
"The race was up and down today," said Bailey."I
felt good on the skis and the race was going well until standing when I missed
three with my clip. You never want to give yourself three shots to hit the last
three targets but that was the case today. I was able to hit all of the
remaining targets and get out on the course within contact with the leaders. I
was happy with the last lap and felt strong through the finish."
France (S. Fourcade, Beatrix, Boeuf and M. Fourcade) had a strong performance
today posting 1:13:26 (0+2+0+6) to win the relay. Team Russia (Shipulin,
Ustyugov, Garanichev and Malyshko) finished 10.1 seconds back, with a time of
1:13:36.1 (0+2+0+6) for second, and Team Austria (Eder, Sumann, Mesotitsch,
Landertinger) finished third, posting 1:14:44.5 (0+1+1+7).
from the men's relay are available here.
Team USA will travel to Nove Mesto, CZE
for the IBU World Championships Biathlon which opens with the mixed
relay on February 7th. A complete schedule for World Championships can be found