OSTERSUND, SWE (December 4, 2014) – Olympian Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) turned in the best result for Team USA on Thursday as the 15-kilometer women’s individual race took center stage at the World Cup opener in Ostersund, Sweden. Dunklee finished in 21st place among the 94 starters with a time of 50:42.7 and hitting 17 of her 20 targets.
Darya Domracheva (BLR) topped the field in 46:43.6 with two misses at the range. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) took second (47:11.5/+2) and Valj Semerenko (UKR) had clean shooting to slip into third place (47:21.7/+0). In the individual competition, one minute is added to the competitors’ time for each missed shot.
Dunklee went clean from both prone shooting positions and was on track for a top-10 finish until missing her last shot from the standing position. The soft and deep course conditions seemed to affect the competitors but Dunklee managed it pretty well with the seventh-best course time.
“We had really tough conditions in our race today – deep slush over patches of ice,” Dunklee said. “I tried to stay focused on whatever hill or corner was immediately ahead of me. I didn’t feel smooth or efficient on skis, but I knew no one would in these conditions. Today was a solid start with valuable World Cup points, but I also know I can improve going forward.”
Also competing for Team USA on Thursday were Olympians Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.). Cook finished 73rd (56:07.2/+4) while Dreissigacker crossed the line in 86th (58:03.3/+7).
Complete results are available here.
Competition in Ostersund continues on Saturday with the sprint races for both men and women. Live stream coverage will be available here.
IBU World Cup 1
Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2014
Women’s 15k Individual
1. Darya Domracheva (BLR) 46:43.6/+2
2. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) +27.9/+2
3. Valj Semerenko (UKR) +38.1/+0
21. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +3:59.1/+3
73. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) +9:23.6/+4
86. Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +11:19.7/+7