Dunklee, Egan Start New Year With Top-15 Performances

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 10, 2019, 10:23 a.m. (ET)


Susan Dunklee races to a 10th-place finish in Thursday's women's sprint (photo by NordicFocus)

OBERHOF, Germany (Jan. 10, 2019) – Team USA got 2019 off to a fantastic start on Thursday as Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) both finished in the top-13 of the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint on the opening day of the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof. Both athletes are qualified and in solid starting positions for Saturday's 10km pursuit.

Dunklee crossed the line with the 10th-best time, 40.8 seconds behind the winner, while Egan was 13th, 49 seconds off the pace. Dunklee and Egan each had one penalty on the shooting range, with Dunklee's coming in prone and Egan's in standing.

"The one thing better than having a great result is having a great result together with a teammate," said Dunklee. "I've trained together with Clare for years both at my home ski club in Craftsbury and on the National Team. She is extremely talented and brings an energy and positivity every day to the team that helps build all of us up. Today was a great day and I'm proud and thankful to have her as a teammate."

Italy's Lisa Vittozzi shot clean to claim the first World Cup victory of her career, winning the women's sprint in 22 minutes, 34.6 seconds. Anais Chevalier of France matched Vittozzi on the range to finish a season-best second place, 5.3 seconds back. Sweden's Hanna Oeberg also shot clean in third place, 15 seconds behind Vittozzi.

"Susan and I both had great races today, and yet it felt quite normal- which is the best part," added Egan. "Our whole women's team has taken a big step forward this year. We are looking forward to being joined by two more American women on Sunday for the relay. I love racing head-to-head in the pursuit, so I am looking forward to working together with Susan to move up on Saturday and make some more history for US Biathlon."

The BMW IBU World Cup from Oberhof continues on Friday with the men's 10km sprint beginning at 8:30 a.m ET. The race will feature Americans Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska).

WAYS TO WATCH:
Fans can watch a same-day replay of World Cup races on 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.

Lisa Vittozzi (ITA)

22:34.6/+0

2.

Anais Chevalier (FRA)

+5.3/+0

3.

Hanna Oeberg (SWE)

+15.0/+0

10.

Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)

+40.8/+1

13.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+49.0/+1