Susan Dunklee starts the women's sprint in Oestersund on Dec. 1 (photo by NordicFocus)
Oestersund, Sweden (Dec. 1, 2019) – In the first individual races of the season, Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) turned in the top performance for the U.S. biathlon team during Sunday's sprints at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oestersund. Dunklee placed 32nd in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint, shooting clean from prone and with two penalties in standing. She was 1 minute, 23.8 seconds back of the winning time.
"Östersund is always a difficult venue in terms of shooting," Dunklee said. "Today was quite windy for both the men and the women out there. In this sort of conditions it can sometimes be beneficial to slow down and make sure to take good shots. However, days like this are always a reminder to keep fighting until the end. There were a lot of misses out there and so there was a lot of opportunity to move up even with two or more misses. I just tried to ski technically well throughout the course, doing what (coach) Armin (Auchentaller) and I have been working on, and finish strong. I think that our whole team will get better and better as the season goes on."
Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) also had two penalties on the range, one in prone and one in standing, to finish 38th (+1:32.4). Other U.S. finishers in the women's sprint were Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) in 77th and Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) in 84th place.
Dorothea Wierer of Italy won the women's sprint in 19:48.5 with one standing penalty. Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway finished second with two penalties, 8.6 seconds back, while Marketa Davidova of Czech Republic shot clean to place third, 11.9 seconds behind Wierer.
Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway took the victory In the men's 10k sprint with a single prone penalty and a time of 24:18.3. His brother, Tarjei Boe, also with one penalty, finished second, 19 seconds back. Matvey Eliseev of Russia shot clean to finish third, 19.9 seconds back.
U.S. finishers were led by Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) in 62nd place, followed by Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) in 68th, Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) in 104th, and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) in 108th.
The athletes will have a few days of rest in Oestersund before competition starts up again on Wednesday with the men's 20km individual race.
Women's 7.5k sprint results
1. Dorothea Wierer (ITA) 19:48.5/+1
2. Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR) +8.6/+2
3. Marketa Davidova (CZE) +11.9/+0
32.Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +1:23.8/+2
38. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) +1:32.4/+2
77. Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +2:52.9/+1
84. Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) +3:10.2/+3
Men's 10k sprint results
1. Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR) 24:18.3/+1
2. Tarjei Boe (NOR) +19.0/+1
3. Matvey Eliseev (RUS) +19.9/+0
62. Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) +2:18.5/+3
68. Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) +2:29.0/+2
104. Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) +3:52.6/+4
108. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) +5:38.0/+6