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)
(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.