US Biathlon Team USA Gets Set Fo...

Team USA Gets Set For World Championships in Oslo

March 02, 2016, 4:52 p.m. (ET)

Clare Egan leads Team USA into the opening ceremony of the 2016 IBU World Biathlon Championships in Oslo, Norway, on March 2.

OSLO, Norway (March 2, 2016) – Team USA is rested and ready to kick off the 2016 IBU World Championships on Thursday in Oslo. The team, which just completed a training camp in Sjusjoen, Norway, is a veteran group consisting of seven Olympians. In fact, the eight athletes on this year’s team is the same group that competed at last year’s world championships in Finland.

The women’s team is made up of Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), while the men’s squad features Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.).

At the conclusion of the most recent World Cup in Presque Isle, Maine, on Feb. 13, Team USA headed to a training camp in Sjusjoen, Norway, where they spent time fine tuning their minds and bodies for the upcoming world championships.

The preparation leading up to world championships went really well,” said U.S. Biathlon Chief of Sport Bernd Eisenbichler. “The team had a great camp in Sjusjoen and is ready to go.”

Bailey is a three-time U.S. Olympic Team member and scored the best-ever finish by an American biathlete at the 2014 Winter Olympics with his eighth-place finish in the 20-kilometer individual race.  He will be looking to improve on two top-20 finishes at last year’s world championships where he was 13th in the mass start and 17th in the sprint. Bailey is the top-ranked U.S. male in the World Cup rankings in 17th place.

Burke is also a three-time U.S. Olympic Team member and won the 20 km silver medal at the 2013 World Championships.  With six World Cup/World Championship podiums in his career, he’s the most successful American biathlete ever.

Doherty, 20, was the youngest team member on the 2014 Olympic Biathlon Team. This season he became the all-time career leader in individual medals at the Youth/Junior World Championships by winning a gold, a silver and a bronze to bring his career total to 10. Nordgren, also a 2014 Olympian, had a 26th-place finish in the sprint at the World Cup in Canmore last month.

Cook, who grew up skiing with Burke and Bailey and joined them as a teammate on the 2014 Olympic Team, has three career top-20 performances in World Cup events. Her top finish this season was 25th in the sprint at the Oestersund World Cup. Dreissigacker is coming off a 24th-place finish in the pursuit at the Presque Isle World Cup.

Dunklee is the highest ranked American female athlete on the World Cup in 17th position.  She is fresh off a career-best second-place finish in the sprint at the World Cup in Presque Isle. She was 12th in the women’s individual event at last year’s world championships.

Egan is in only her third year competing in biathlon but kicked off the season with a career-best 16th-place finish in the sprint at the opening World Cup in Oestersund.

“The confidence of the athletes and staff after the World Cups in North America is very high and we want to continue the momentum from there,” added Eisenbichler. “I was really proud of the whole team how they managed the World Cup at home and executed their performance there, so I have no doubt we will build on this for the two weeks to come here.”

The IBU World Championships get underway on Thursday with the mixed relay. The event will be streamed live on Eurovision with English commentary by Chad Salmela, and will also be broadcast on NBC Sports. Schedules are below with all times listed EST.

“U.S. Biathlon is proud to announce that NBC Sports will air six hours of same-day delayed coverage of the IBU Biathlon World Championships in prime time,” said U.S. Biathlon President & CEO Max Cobb. “This is the broadest distribution of the Biathlon World Championships ever in America.”

Broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)


Eurovision (Live Stream)

NBC Sports

Stream (Live Extra)

Mar. 3

Mixed relay: 9:30 a.m.

Mixed Relay (same-day): 7:30-9 p.m.

9:20-10:55 a.m.

Mar. 5

Men’s sprint: 5:30 a.m.

Women’s sprint: 8:30 a.m.

Sprint Men (same-day) 7:30-9 p.m.

5:20-7:00 a.m.

8:20-10:00 a.m.

Mar. 6

Men’s pursuit: 7:30 a.m.

Women’s pursuit: 9:45 a.m.


7:20-8:20 a.m.

9:35-10:45 a.m.

Mar. 9

Women’s individual: 9:30 a.m.

9:20-11:20 a.m.

Mar. 10

Men’s individual: 9:30 a.m.


9:20-11:25 a.m.

Mar. 11

Women’s relay: 9:30 a.m.


9:20-10:55 a.m.

Mar. 12

Men’s relay: 9:30 a.m.

Men’s Relay (same-day): 5-6:30 p.m.

9:20-11:00 a.m.

Mar. 13

Women’s mass start: 8:00 a.m.

Men’s mass start: 11:00 a.m.

Women’s Mass Start (same-day) & Event Recap: 3-4:30 p.m.

6:50-7:55 a.m.

9:20-10:45 a.m.


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Lowell Bailey

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Annelies Cook

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Sean Doherty

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Hannah Dreissigacker

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Clare Egan

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Leif Nordgren