All Three U.S. Women Qualify For Pursuit in Snowy Nove Mesto

By Bill Kellick | Dec. 21, 2018, 5:18 p.m. (ET)


Clare Egan (l) and Susan Dunklee power up a climb during the women's sprint on Friday (photo by NordicFocus)

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (Dec. 21, 2018) – A day after the U.S. men's team qualified three athletes for the BMW IBU World Cup pursuit races in Nove Mesto, the American women's team followed suit. Under the Friday night lights and amid the snowflakes falling from the sky, Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished within the top-60 cutoff to secure their qualifications for tomorrow's pursuit.

On a day where only 11 women in the field of 96 shot clean on all 10 targets, the three American competitors stayed in contention with two penalties each...one in prone and one in standing. Egan was the top finisher in 26th place, the fifth-best sprint finish of her career, crossing the line 1 minute 11.1 seconds off the winning pace.

"Huge snowflakes and a sold-out stadium of fans cheering for biathlon under the lights -- this is winter sport at its best," said Egan. "All three American women qualified for tomorrow's pursuit race with 80 percent shooting, despite skiing through a blizzard that turned to freezing rain. Our ski service team thrives in the chaos of changing weather, so I wasn't surprised to have great skis tonight. We are looking forward to the opportunity to move up in the standings tomorrow in the pursuit."

Dunklee came in 39th, 1:32.4 back, while Reid was 52nd, 1:57.2 behind.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway shot clean through the falling snow for her first World Cup victory. Her time of 19:44.6 was just 4.5 seconds faster than Germany's Laura Dahlmeier, with one penalty. Third place went to Slovakia's clean-shooting Paulina Fialkova, 6.2 seconds back of Roeiseland.

Saturday's pursuit races begin at 9:00 a.m ET with the men's 12.5km competition featuring Americans Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska). The women's 10km pursuit with Egan, Dunklee and Reid will follow at 11:00 a.m. ET.

WAYS TO WATCH:
Fans can watch a same-day replay of World Cup races on the Olympic Channel (check your local listings).

There will be live streaming coverage each day on NBC Sports Gold and OlympicChannel.com, as well as simulstreams of the Olympic Channel and NBCSN broadcasts.

Streams will be available on all digital platforms: desktop via NBCSports.com/Gold, and mobile, tablet and connected television platforms via the NBC Sports Gold app.

They will also be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. Broadcast simulstreams will be available on NBCSports.com/live or the NBC Sports app (and do not require a Gold subscription to watch).

The NBC Sports Gold premium package will give paid subscribers commercial-free access to each event across the span of the competition. Users can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold Snow Pass here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow.

Replay with commentary is also available thru www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)

19:44.6/+0

2.

Laura Dahlmeier (GER)

+4.5/+1

3.

Paulina Fialkova (SVK)

+6.2/+0

26.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+1:11.1/+2

39.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+1:32.4/+2

52.

Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.)

+1:57.2/+2