Egan, Dunklee and Reid Qualify for Pursuit in Biathlon's Return to Soldier Hollow

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 14, 2019, 2:52 p.m. (ET)


Clare Egan skis up a climb during Thursday's women's sprint in Soldier Hollow (photo by NordicFocus)

SOLIDER HOLLOW, Utah (Feb. 14, 2019) – On a day that saw Utah's Soldier Hollow Nordic Center play host to an international biathlon event for the first time since the 2002 Winter Games, three Americans ensured they would race another day in front of the home crowd this week. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) all qualified for Saturday's 10-kilometer pursuit by finishing in the top 60 of Thursday's 7.5km sprint.

Egan led the way with a 21st-place finish, incurring just one penalty in standing to finish 1 minute, 34.1 seconds behind winner Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway.

"I'm coming off a week of sickness and had a really hard time with the altitude today, so I'm very happy I was able to put together a good shooting performance," Egan said. "I have a good starting position for Saturday's pursuit and can't wait to get back out there in front of the home crowd."

Speaking of the home crowd, Egan was quick to acknowledge the home-country environment she experienced out on the Soldier Hollow course today.

"There was a great atmosphere for today's race. It was distinctly American," said Egan. "The fans were loud and obviously having tons of fun watching biathlon and enjoying the fan zone with live music, (mechanical) bull riding, ax throwing and food trucks. As a competitor, I loved hearing my name and the USA chants around the course."

Dunklee, with three penalties in standing, was 45th, 2:35.8 back, while Reid placed 52nd, 2:45.5 behind with a penalty in both prone and standing.

Roeiseland shot clean to claim the women's sprint victory in 19:47.6. Finland's Kaisa Makarainen, with one penalty, finished second, 11.5 seconds back. Germany's Franziska Hildebrand, with her first podium of the season, finished third, also shooting clean, 21.4 seconds behind Roeiseland.

The BMW IBU World Cup from Soldier Hollow continues on Friday with the men's 10km sprint beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET. The race will feature Americans Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.).

WAYS TO WATCH:
Fans can watch live coverage of the World Cup races from Soldier Hollow on NBCSN and 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.

Marta Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)

19:47.6/+0

2.

Kaisa Makarainen (FIN)

+11.5/+1

3.

Franziska Hildebrand (GER)

+21.4/+0

21.

Clare Egan(Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+1:34.1/+1

45.

Susan Dunklee(Barton, Vt.)

+2:35.8/+3

52.
Joanne Reid(Palo Alto, Calif.)
+2:45.5/+2