BREAKING NEWS Susan Dunklee Wins Bronze in Oslo Sprint
OSLO, Norway (March 20, 2014) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) finished third in the women’s World Cup 7.5-kilometer sprint in Oslo. With clean shooting and a time of 22:51.8, today’s performance marked Dunklee’s first career podium and the third individual women’s podium finish in US Biathlon history. Joan Smith finished second in the same event during the 1994 IBU World Cup season, and Anna Sonnerup had a World Cup silver in 1991.
“I honestly wasn’t expecting to hold onto it because I started so early in the field and usually there are some people who come from behind,” said Dunklee. “It’s really special. It’s quite a different experience from fourth place to third place! I feel like I have been on the edge so many times in the last couple years, that I’m ready to be here. I’m ready to try to do it again in the future. We have a couple more races this weekend and who knows what will happen.”
Dunklee finished just 33 seconds back from Darya Domracheva (BLR), who won today’s sprint posting a tine of 22:18 and one penalty. Norway’s Tora Berger was second (22:29.5/+0). Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) finished 41st (24:17.9/+1) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT) was 75th (25:38.9/+5). Full sprint results are available here.
“It was amazing to watch Susan today,” said Jonne Kähkönen, US Biathlon women’s team coach. “We had tough conditions all around; at the range starting with foggy zeroing and gusty winds during the race and out on the course where the snow was extremely tricky to ski on. I feel so happy for Susan, obviously, to get this confirmation on what I have seen as a coach already, being very close to making it on the podium. I also feel like this is a huge reward to the whole team working behind Susan and all of our athletes; the coaching staff led by Bernd Eisenbichler, the wax techs, the physio - just an awesome team effort to support these tremendous athletes.”
Bailey 19th in Men’s Sprint
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) had the top finish for Team USA’s men in today’s 10k sprint. Posting a time of 27:08/+2, Bailey finished 19th. Jakov Fak (SLO) won today’s race (26:05.9/+1), Evigeniy Garanichev (RUS) was second (26:19.8/+0), and Bjoern Ferry (SWE) finished third (26:20.2/+0).
Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) finished 64th today (28:49/+4), Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) 78th (30:00.3/+4), and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH) 83rd (30:26.1/+4). Extended results are available here.
Racing in Oslo continues Saturday with the pursuit events. The women’s race starts at 8am (ET), the men begin at 10:30am (ET). Watch both races live here.