Dreissigacker Posts Top USA Finish in Kontiolahti Opener
KONTIOLAHTI, Finland (March 13, 2014) – Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT) posted the top finish, 28th, for Team USA today in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint at World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti, Finland. Today’s race also marked Dreissigacker’s top career World Cup finish.
“I'm psyched about today's race, especially the shooting, since I have been joking that I have a "curse" when it comes to shooting badly in sprint races,” said Dreissigacker. “Keeping a good focus for the shooting was my biggest goal for today's race, and I think that went well. I'm really happy to have finally scored my first World Cup points! I've known that I could do it for quite a while, but it just kept not coming together. It feels really good that it finally did. Now I hope to score points more often. I may have not paced the skiing quite right, and I felt like I died on the last lap, but luckily there is another sprint in two days so I can get that better in the next one.”
With a time of 22:11.3/+1, Dreissigacker was 1:35 back from the host-country favorite Kaisa Makarainen (FIN), winning with a time of 20:36.3/+1. Olga Zaitseva (RUS) was second (20:42.4/+0), and Mari Laukkanen (FIN) finished third (20:59/+0).
Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) finished 29th (22:15.2/+4), Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) was 75th (24:22.1/+5), and Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) finished 80th (25:18.9/+6). Extended results for the women’s sprint are available here.
In the men’s 10k sprint, Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) posted 25:02.3/+2 to finish 29th, Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) was 35th (25:05.5/+1), and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) was 55th (25:54.7/+2). Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) won the distance with clean shooting and a time of 23:33.2. World Cup leader Martin Fourcade (FRA) was second (23:40.3/+0), and Arnd Peiffer (GER) finished third (23:40.4/+1). Extended results from today’s 10k sprint are available here.
World cup racing continues in Kontiolahti tomorrow with the second of two sprint events. The men’s 10k sprint will be webcast live, beginning at 7:15am (ET), and the women’s 7.5 k sprint at 9:45am (ET) here.