Leif Nordgren is one of four athletes so far to qualify for the opening BMW IBU World Cups of 2020
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (Dec. 23, 2019) -- Following the conclusion of the recent BMW IBU World Cup in Le Grand Bornand, France, the IBU Cup in Obertilliach, Austria, and the U.S. Biathlon Team Selection Trials races in Craftsbury, Vt., qualifications were announced for four athletes for the BMW World Cup races in Oberhof, Germany, Jan. 9-12, and in Ruhpolding, Germany, Jan. 15-19.
Qualifying for the U.S. women's team is Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.). Egan is currently ranked 56th over in the women's World Cup standings with 21 points, while Dunklee is 69th with nine points.
On the men's side, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), ranked 66th, and Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.), ranked 69th, have earned qualification for the World Cup races in Oberhof and Ruhpolding.
The rest of the nominations for the opening World Cup events of 2020 will be determined by the International Team Selection Trials taking place Jan. 6-7, in Arber, Germany. At the conclusion of those trials, additional athletes will be named to the World Cups 4-5 as well as the teams competing at IBU Cups 4-7.
Athletes competing at the International Team Selection Trials on the women's side are Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.), Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.), Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.), Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.), Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) and Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.).
Competing in the men's trials will be Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.), Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.), Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska), Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif.), Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.), Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) and Raleigh Goessling (Duluth, Minn.).