Olympians Dominate Podiums as Nationals Get Underway in Soldier Hollow

By Bill Kellick | March 29, 2018, 4:53 p.m. (ET)


Lowell Bailey shoots clean in standing en route to winning the men's sprint (photo by Melanie Welch)

PARK CITY, Utah (March 29, 2018) -- The U.S. Biathlon National Championships and North American Championships got underway Thursday at the Solider Hollow Nordic Center and plenty of familiar faces occupied the podiums for the senior men's and women's sprints. The top four finishers for both genders were members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team.

Competing at the last event of their storied careers, four-time Olympians Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) took the gold and silver medals, respectively, in the senior men's sprint. Bailey's winning time was 22 minutes, 48 seconds, with one penalty, putting him five seconds ahead of Burke who had two penalties on the range. Rounding out the top four for the men's sprint were fellow Olympians Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine).

In the senior women's sprint, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) took top honors with a time of 22:45 and two penalties. Joining Dunklee on the podium were her Olympic teammates Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.). Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.), also a 2018 Olympian, was fourth.

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Competition continues on Saturday with the pursuit races and concludes on Sunday with the mass starts.