Foggy Opener in Oberhof

Jan. 03, 2014, 12 p.m. (ET)

OBERHOF, Germany (January 3, 2014) – Team USA opened the second trimester of the IBU World Cup circuit in Oberhof, Germany today. Fog, rain and wind made conditions challenging on the course for the sprint events.


Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) had the top finish for Team USA today, 32nd in the 7.5-kilometer sprint with a time of 25:26.6 and four penalties. Dunklee’s ski time was 10th best in the field of 88 competitors. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) posted a time of 26:43.2 and four penalties for 60th place. Both women will compete in tomorrow’s 10k pursuit beginning at 11am (ET).


“Oberhof is known for extreme conditions of fog, wind and rain, and today it didn't disappoint,” said Dunklee. “On the range I struggled with the conditions and jet lag.  However my body felt much more responsive on skis than earlier in the season and that is a huge step in the right direction.”


Darya Domracheva (BLR) had her first podium of the season, winning today with a time of 23:06.7, and one penalty. Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen took second (23:36.5/+2), Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine finished third with clean shooting and a time of 23:43.1. Extended results from today’s 7.5k pursuit are available here 


Norway’s Emil Hegle Svendsen won the men’s 10k pursuit with a time of 26:44.3 and two penalties in prone. Ole Einar Björndalen (NOR) was second (26:44.7/+2), and World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA) finished third posting 27:06 and three penalties.


Leif Nordgren (Marine MN) led for Team USA with a 43rd place finish (28:52.5/+2), and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) finished 61st (29:41.5/+6). Lowell Bailey did not race due to a cold. Extended results from the men’s 10k sprint are available here. Nordgren will race in tomorrow’s 12.5km pursuit beginning at 6:30am (ET)


Racing in Oberhoff will be webcast live here.