HOCHFILZEN, Austria (December 14, 2014) - Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) were the top performers for Team USA Sunday as World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen, Austria, came to a close with the pursuit races. Burke finished 25th in the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit, while Dunklee crossed the line in 27th place in the women's 10km race.
With starting positions determined by finishes from Friday's sprint races, Burke was the 13th skier off the line, starting 40 seconds behind the leader, Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway. Burke's teammate, Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), started 18th, 58 seconds back of Boe. Burke and Bailey each missed a target at both of the prone shooting stations to drop back to 19th and 25th, respectively.
Bailey went clean at the first standing shoot to jump up to 20th, but Burke suffered three misses to fall to 34th. At the final standing, Burke composed himself and responded with a clean round to move up to 25th and held that position through the finish. Meanwhile, Bailey missed two targets at the final standing to drop to 31st and eventually crossed the line in 32nd place. The third member of the U.S. team, Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.), had an excellent day hitting 19 of 20 targets and moving up 13 places from his 51st starting position to finish 38th. Nordgren had the 24th best net time on the course.
"Unfortunately, I was not able to capitalize on my good start position in today's pursuit," Burke said. "I felt really good skiing today but I struggled on the shooting range and again with ski selection. On the bright side, I picked up some decent points with a 25th-place finish, which is important with a mass start coming up next weekend."
France's Martin Fourcade took the men's pursuit victory with a time of 32:53.7 with clean shooting. Second place went to Simon Schempp of Germany who also went clean in 32:57.8, and coming in third with one miss was Jakov Fak of Slovenia (33:04.6). Burke was 2:35 back of Fourcade, Bailey was 2:53 behind and Nordgren came in 3:30 off the winning time.
In the women's pursuit, Dunklee moved up two places from her 29th starting position, going clean in prone and missing four targets in standing to finish 2:40 behind winner Kaisa Makarainen of Finland. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) had an excellent day, hitting 18 of 20 targets and moving up 17 positions from the start to place 33rd, 3:17 off the pace.
"I had an exciting race going there for a while," said Dunklee. "After cleaning both prone stages I had a chance to move into the top 10, but I struggled with the standing shooting and ended up back near where I had started. It was inspiring to see Annelies turn in her best race in over a year and earn some World Cup points, and to see our Canadian friend, Rosanna Crawford, move up almost 20 positions to finish fifth."
Makarainen's winning time was 30:44.8 with one miss. Coming in second in the women's race was Russia's Ekaterina Glazyrina (31:19.2/+1), followed by France's Anais Bescond (31:31.3/+1).
Complete results from Hochfilzen are available here.
Team USA now heads to World Cup 3 in Pokljuka, Slovenia, opening with the women's sprint competition on Thursday, December 18, at 8:30 a.m. EST. Watch the race live here.
IBU World Cup 2
Dec. 12-14, 2014
Men's 12.5km Pursuit
1. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 32:53.7/+0
2. Simon Schempp (GER) 32:57.8/+0
3. Jakov Fak (SLO) 33:04.6/+1
25. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 35:29.3/+5
32. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) 35:46.9/+4
37. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 36:23.8/+1
Women's 10km Pursuit
1. Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) 30:44.8/+1
2. Ekaterina Glazyrina (RUS) 31:19.2/+1
3. Anais Bescond (FRA) 31:31.3/+1
27. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) 33:25.2/+4
33. Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 34:02.3/+2