SOCHI, Russia (February 11, 2014) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) posted another strong race in Sochi with an 18th place in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit. Dunklee’s finish time was 31:11.6 with four penalties, 1:40.9 back from Darya Domracheva (BLR) winning gold (29:30.7/+1). Tora Berger (NOR) took silver (30:08.3/+1), and Teja Gregorin (SLO) won bronze (30:12.7/+1).
Starting 14th, Dunklee cleaned her first stage in prone and moved up to the top-5, where she held on during most of the race. Picking up three penalties in her final standing stage, she went on to post the best Olympic pursuit finish (18th) by a U.S. woman.
“I didn’t realize where I stood in the race until I came into the range for the last shooting stage,” said Dunklee. “I tried to stay focused on shooting and not the ‘what if’ thoughts. Unfortunately it was a tough stage, but I know I can be there and we still have more races to come.”
Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) finished 51st (35:00.0/+5), and Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) placed 54th (36:20.9/+5). Extended results are available here.
Olympic biathlon racing continues February 13th with the men’s 20k individual. Racing will be webcast live beginning at 9am (ET).