Doherty, Egan Lead Team USA in Chilly Canmore

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 07, 2019, 9:50 p.m. (ET)


Clare Egan races in the short individual while bundled against the cold in Canmore, Canada (photo by NordicFocus)

CANMORE, Canada (Feb. 7, 2019) – Racing the short individual format for the first time in a World Cup, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) was the top American in the men's 15-kilometer event while Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) led the U.S. women's team in their 12.5km race on Thursday's opening day of the BMW IBU World Cup in Canmore, Alberta.

With the frigid temperatures forcing the shortening of the men's individual from 20km to 15km, Doherty had one penalty in prone and another in standing to finish 27th, 4 minutes and 29 seconds back of the winning time of 35:27.9 posted by Norway's Johannes Thingnes Boe.

"To be honest, today was the warmest day we had all week," said Doherty. "It is nice to have winter conditions here in Canmore. Dealing with the cold hasn't been too difficult."

In addition to the shortened distances for the individual, the format included a 45-second penalty for each missed target instead of the standard 60 seconds used for the longer individual races.

"The short individual format is nice," added Doherty. "It's like I used to race as a junior. It was a good call for the conditions today."

Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) finished 43rd, also with two penalties, 5:48.3 back. Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) was 71st and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) placed 73rd. Both had two penalties on the range.

Boe's teammate, Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen finished second with one penalty, 2:10.2 back, while Russia's Alexander Loginov placed third with two penalties, 2:41 behind Boe.

In the women's short individual held later in the day, Egan placed 43rd with four penalties, 4:17.5 off the pace. Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.), also with four penalties, was 64th, and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) placed 66th, with just two penalties on the shooting range.

Norway's Tiril Eckhoff, with one penalty, finished 9.8 seconds ahead of clean-shooting Marketa Davidova of Czech Republic to take the victory. Italy's Lisa Vittozzi, also shooting clean, finished third, 20.9 seconds behind Eckhoff.

The BMW IBU World Cup from Canmore continues on Friday with the men's and women's relays. The men's 4x7.5km relay will feature Doherty, Nordgren, Durtschi and Cooper, while Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Egan, Reid and Dreissigacker will team up in the women's 4x6km relay.

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Men’s 15km short individual results

1.

Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR)

35:27.9/+0

2.

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR)

+2:10.2/+2

3.

Alexander Loginov (RUS)

+2:41.0/+2

27.

Sean Doherty(Center Conway, N.H.)

+4:29.0/+2

43.

Leif Nordgren(Marine, Minn.)

+5:48.3/+2

71.
Max Durtschi(Ketchum, Idaho) +7:52.5/+5
73.
Travis Cooper(Kenai, Alaska)
+8:01.0/+5


Women’s 12.5km short individual results

1.

Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)

36:32.9/+1

2.

Marketa Davidova (CZE)

+9.8/+0

3.

Lisa Vittozzi (ITA)

+20.9/+0

43.

Clare Egan(Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+4:17.5/+4

64.

Joanne Reid(Palo Alto, Calif.)

+5:55.9/+4

66.
Emily Dreissigacker(Morrisville, Vt.)
+6:07.1/+2