CANMORE, Alberta, Canada (February 5, 2016) - Heavy, gusting winds made shooting more of a lottery than a skill during Friday's women's sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup 7 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Only seven of the 87 starters in the 7.5-kilometer race were able to hit all 10 targets as the winds, at times, basically stopped everyone for several seconds as they waited in both prone and standing for the gusts to die down.
Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) topped the U.S. women with a 28th-place finish, with two penalties and a time of 21 minutes and 39.7 seconds. Her teammate, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), was 35th in a time of 21:55.8 with three penalties, but qualified for Saturday's 30-woman mass start by virtue of her World Cup ranking.
"I'm really happy with today's race," said Dreissigacker. "The conditions were perfect, the skis were fast, the scenery was fantastic and I am finally skiing a bit faster now too, so that feels good. I got a bit lucky with the wind and actually should have been able to shoot even better than I did, but in today's race 80 percent was a solid showing so I'm happy with that."
Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine completed her return to competition after sitting out last season with a clean-shooting victory. Her time of 19:56.9 put her 7.5 seconds ahead of Poland's Krystyna Guzik who also shot clean. Third place went to Italy's Dorothea Wierer with one penalty, 12.4 seconds back.
Rounding out the American efforts were Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) in 47th (22:10.6/+3) and Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) in 57th (22:30.1/+6). Full women's sprint results are available here.
The BMW IBU World Cup 7 continues on Saturday with the men's and women's mass start races. The men's 15km event, including Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), begins at noon EST, and the women's 12.5km race, featuring Dunklee, follows at 1:30 p.m. EST. Both races will be streamed live at www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.
Women's 7.5km sprint results
|1.||Olena Pidhrushna (UKR)||19:56.9/+0|
|2.||Krystyna Guzik (POL)||20:04.4/+0|
|3.||Dorothea Wierer (ITA)||20:09.3/+1|
|28.||Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.)||21:39.7/+2|
|35.||Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
|47.||Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.)||22:10.6/+3|
|57.||Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.)||22:30.1/+6|