Another Top 10 for Dunklee
OSLO, Norway (March 22, 2014) – Following a rough first loop, Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) finished 6th in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit today, posting a time of 31:32.5 with two penalties. Anastasiya Kuzmina (SVK) won today’s race (30:29.1/+2), Tora Berger (NOR) was second (31:10.9/+4), and Olga Vilukhina (RUS) finished third (31:23.1/+2). Extended results from today’s pursuit are available here.
“Two races and two times in the flower ceremony- I could get used to this,” said Dunklee. “The thing I am happiest about with my race today with my ability to stay calm and focused after an unfortunate start. I fell on a big downhill on the first loop and lost time and a couple of my ammo clips, which I had to get replacements for in the range. Over the rest of the race I slowly worked my way back up.”
Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID) finished 44th (35:27.9), marking the final race of her career. The two-time Olympian is retiring at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. “Today was a solid effort for me and I am happy to have that as my last race,” said Studebaker. “It was definitely a strange feeling to cross the finish line for the last time, but it also felt right. The atmosphere in Oslo is amazing - it's the perfect place to end. I've had a career that I'm really proud of and I'm so thankful to all those who have supported me along the way. I'm looking forward to the next phase of life, and definitely continuing to be involved in biathlon!”
Dunklee will race for Team USA in the women’s 12.5km mass start, beginning at 8am (ET). Watch the race live here.
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) finished 14th in the men’s 12.5km pursuit with a time of 33:46.4/+3. Bailey was 1:23 back from today’s winner, Simon Elder (AUT), crossing the finish in 33:23.4 and shooting clean. Alexander Loginov (RUS) was second (32:36.1/+1), and Bjoern Ferry (SWE) finished third (32:44.1/+1). Extended results from the men’s pursuit are available here.
Bailey and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) will compete in tomorrow’s 15km mass start, the final race of the 2013-14 World Cup season. Watch the race live here beginning at 10:30am (ET).