U.S. Women 12th in Oberhof Relay

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 13, 2019, 8:06 a.m. (ET)

Joanne Reid (r) tags off to Emily Dreissigacker for the final leg of the women's relay (photo by NordicFocus)

OBERHOF, Germany (Jan. 13, 2019) – Weather once again was a huge factor on the final day of the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof as the men's and women's relays took center stage. Gusty wind, heavy snowfall and slushy tracks made for challenging shooting conditions on the range and resulted in several falls during the competitions.

The U.S. women's team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) finished 12th in the 4x6-kilometer relay with five penalties and 16 spares, crossing the line 5 minutes, 35.8 seconds off the pace. Dunklee was the only one without a penalty, but needed the maximum six spares to complete her shooting stages. Reid and Dreissigacker both went clean in prone.

"Today was a very challenging day for every team, as evidenced by the many penalty loops, extra bullets and crashes," said Egan. "We had our fair share of all of those but still managed to earn 12th place, one better than our rank going into the race. We know what we need to work on to get into the top 10 and we are moving in the right direction."

The Russian foursome of Evgeniya Pavlova, Margarita Vasileva, Larisa Kuklina and Ekaterina Yurlova-Percht won the women's relay with eight spare rounds in 1:18:46.3. Germany, with two penalties and ten spares finished second, 33.5 seconds back. The Czech Republic surged in the last two legs to finish third with one penalty and six spare rounds, 36.7 seconds behind Russia.

The U.S. men's team's 4x7.5km relay got off to a rough start when Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) crashed on the opening leg and then had to take extra time on the range to clear his rifle of snow that accumulated during the spill. Despite the distraction, Nordgren somehow managed to use just two spares in prone and another in standing. A clean second leg from Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) kept the team in contention but they were eventually lapped before Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) and Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) could compete their legs.

The Russian men's team of Maxim Tsvetkov, Evgeniy Garanichev, Dmitry Malyshko and Alexander Loginov used just eight spare rounds to claim the win in 1:20:54.3. France, with one penalty and eight spare rounds, finished second, 1:01.1 back. Austria, with a single penalty and seven spares was third, 2:18.6 behind.

The World Cup tour now moves to Ruhpolding, Germany, with competition beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday.

Fans can watch a same-day replay of World Cup races on the Olympic Channel (check your local listings).

Replay with commentary is also available thru www.eurovisionsports.tv/ibu.

Women’s 4x6km relay results


Russia (Pavlova, Vasileva, Kuklina, Yurlova-Percht)



Germany (Horchler, Hildebrand, Preuss, Herrmann)



Czech Republic (Charvatova, Vitkova, Davidova, Puskarcikova)



USA(Dunklee, Egan, Reid Dreissigacker)



Men’s 4x7.5km relay results


Russia (Tsvetkov, Garanichev, Malyshko, Loginov)



France (Guigonnat, Desthieux, Fillon Maillet, Fourcade)



Austria (T. Eberhard, Eder, Landertinger, J. Eberhard)



USA(Nordgren, Doherty, Cooper, Durtschi)