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U.S. 13th in Women's World Championship Relay

March 11, 2016, 12:50 p.m. (ET)


Hannah Dreissigacker skies the second leg of the women's relay for the U.S.

OSLO, Norway (March 11, 2016) - The U.S. women’s relay team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) finished 13th in Friday’s 23-team 4x6-kilometer race at the IBU World Championships in Oslo. The American squad completed the course in one hour, 10 minutes and 57.1 seconds and needing eight spare rounds. Their time was 3:47.1 off the winning mark of Norway. It was the last relay in the careers of Dreissigacker and Cook who are both retiring at the end of the season.

Dunklee started off strong for the U.S. on the opening leg. After shooting clean in prone, she went to the race lead at the 2.6km mark and stayed at the front entering the standing shoot. However, after needing two extra rounds in standing, Dunklee dropped all the way to 14th but clawed her way back to the 10th position as she made the first exchange with Dreissigacker. That was as close as the Americans would get the rest of the way.

Dreissigacker used two extra rounds in prone and another in standing, putting the team in 15th position. She fell further back to 16th as she tagged off to Egan for the third leg.

A clean round in prone for Egan moved them up a spot to 15th, a position they maintained despite two spares needed by Egan in standing. At the end of the third leg, Egan passed the Russian team to make the final exchange to Cook in 14th place.

Cook hit nine of her 10 targets, including going clean in prone, to help the team grab the 13th position at the finish.

"I am very proud of these ladies and all the work we have done together over the years to get to this point," said Dunklee. "We put together a great shooting performance today and finished the last relay of the season with a positive feeling."

"Today's race was really special for all of us since it was the last relay for both Annelies and I," added Dreissigacker. "I'm not that happy with my shooting but as a team we shot well, with eight spares, which is our best this year. It wasn't our best result, but the atmosphere was awesome and I think we all felt really close as a team today."

"Like Hannah said, today's relay felt very, very special," Cook said. "We all tried to celebrate our time as a team together in this race and it felt so meaningful. I was happy with how I performed and it felt really nice to go out on a good note. It was amazing to have all the girls cheering me on at the end. Susan and Hannah were standing on the last hill and Clare was there for me at the finish."

"We performed the best we have all year as a team - it was our best shooting of the year, just not our best result," Egan said. "I am so proud of Hannah for the comeback she made in a season that started with injury and got worse before it got better. She has had a banner week and will cap off her career by starting in Sunday's World Champs mass start for only the top 30 people. And Annelies was our best shooter in today's race after struggling on the range on Wednesday. Both of them have shown me what it takes to be a biathlete and that is an impenetrable resilience. They are first-class teammates and it will be hard without them."

The Norwegian team of Synnoeve Solemdal, Fanny Horn Birkeland, Tiril Eckhoff and Marte Olsbu won the women's relay gold medal with six spare rounds in 1:07.10. France won the silver medal, with eight spares, 5.3 seconds back. The bronze medal went to Germany, with four spare rounds, 28.6 seconds behind Norway. Full women's relay results are available here.

The IBU World Championships continue on Saturday with the men's 4x7.5km relay beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST. The race will be streamed live on Eurovision. The broadcast schedule for NBC's UniversalHD channel is listed below with all times shown as EST.

Women's 4x6km relay results

1. Norway (Solemdal, Birkeland, Eckhoff, Olsbu) 1:07:10.0/0+6
2. France (Braisaz, Bescond, Chevalier, Dorin Habert) 1:07:15.3/0+8
3. Germany (Preuss, Hildebrand, Hammerschmidt, Dahlmeier) 1:07:38.6/0+4
13. USA (Dunklee, Dreissigacker, Egan, Cook) 1:10:57.1/0+8


Broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)

Date

Eurovision (Live Stream)

NBC's UniversalHD

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): 8:30-10 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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