Burke, Doherty and Egan qualify for Olympic Team

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 16, 2017, 2:44 p.m. (ET)

(Dec. 16, 2017) -- Biathletes Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) have qualified for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 by virtue of their performances at the first three IBU World Cup events of the 2017-18 season. They join Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) on the U.S. team. Bailey and Dunklee qualified by medaling at the 2017 IBU Biathlon World Championships in February.

Burke, 35, had a 10th-place finish Friday in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint, his best finish in an individual race since the 2015-16 season. He will be competing in his fourth Olympic Games in PyeongChang, after finishing 19th in the sprint at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Doherty, 22, will be competing in his second Olympic Games in 2018. He competed in the men’s relay as an 18-year-old in Sochi where the U.S. team finished 16th. Like Burke, Doherty qualified for the 2018 Games by finishing in the top 30 at the recent world cup races. In fact, he has four top-30 finishes in the past two weeks, including a 17th in the pursuit in Hochfilzen, Austria, and a 17th in yesterday’s sprint in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France.

Making her first appearance at an Olympic Games will be the 30-year-old Egan. Other than Dunklee, Egan had the best performance of the U.S. women’s team at the recent world cups, topped by a 35th place in the sprint at Hochfilzen, Austria.

The final team selection for biathlon will be announced on Jan. 15. All selections to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.