Doherty Enjoys One of His Best Performances in Front of Home Crowd at Soldier Hollow

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 15, 2019, 3:11 p.m. (ET)


Sean Doherty races in Friday's men's sprint in Soldier Hollow (photo by NordicFocus)

SOLIDER HOLLOW, Utah (Feb. 15, 2019) – Sean Doherty sure likes racing World Cups on American soil. Three years after posting a personal-best 13th in the sprint during the BMW IBU World Cup's last visit to the U.S. at Presque Isle, Maine, Doherty nearly matched that performance on Friday in Soldier Hollow, Utah. The Center Conway, N.H. native finished 14th in today's men's 10-kilometer sprint, 1 minute, 3.6 seconds off the winning time.

On a day that saw some of the sport's best struggle on the shooting range due to a strong wind whipping across the Soldier Hollow venue, Doherty kept his composure. After missing his first shot from prone, he cleaned the remaining four from that position and then hit all five targets in standing.

"I am very happy with this race today," Doherty said. "The wind conditions were highly variable, but we had a good handle on the wind in the zero and then I just tried to be smooth."

For Doherty, today's performance is also his second best of the season, trailing only a 13th place in the mass start at the Ruhpolding World Cup in Germany in January. His strong finish in the sprint sets him up well for tomorrow's 12.5km pursuit where he will start with two other competitors, including Germany's Benedikt Doll, who were also 1:03 back on the day.

"It was fun to have a nice home crowd here," continued Doherty. "It's cool to have so many people excited about the World Cup here. Now I'm looking forward to hunting people down in the pursuit."

 

Norway's Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, shooting clean, claimed his first-ever World Cup victory by taking the Soldier Hollow sprint in 23:29.7. France's Simon Desthieux, with one penalty, had his first podium of the season in second place, 1.3 seconds back. Germany's Roman Rees, with an outstanding last loop, earned his first career podium in third place with one penalty, 22.4 seconds behind Christiansen.

Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) and Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) were 81st and 85th, respectively.

Before Doherty races in the men's pursuit on Saturday beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, the women's 10km pursuit will take place at 12:10 p.m. ET. The American trio of Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) are among the field of 60 in that race.

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.

Men’s 10km sprint results

1.

Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen (NOR)

23:29.7/+0

2.

Simon Desthieux (FRA)

+1.3/+1

3.

Roman Rees (GER)

+22.4/+1

14.

Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)

+1:03.6/+1

81.

Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.)

+3:51.4/+5

85.
Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.)
+4:17.8/+7