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Dunklee Sprints Through Oberhof Fog to 14th Place

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 09, 2020, 1:45 p.m. (ET)


Susan Dunklee wears the effort of the sprint race on her face as she crosses the finish line in Oberhof on Jan. 9. (photo by NordicFocus)

OBERHOF, Germany (Jan. 9, 2020) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) kicked off the new year and new decade in strong fashion as she raced to a 14th-place finish in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint on Thursday at the BMW IBU World Cup. Dunklee had just one standing penalty to finish 1 minute, 47.6 seconds off the pace on a foggy day in Oberhof.

It was a solid recovery for Dunklee after posting sprint finishes of  67th and 95th place in December World Cups.

"It's great to start the new year with a strong race," said Dunklee." I'm regaining confidence in my standing shooting. It was a major struggle for me in December but I worked on it a lot over the break and today it felt good."
 
Dunklee was also not fazed by the low-hanging fog that at times made competitors look like nothing more than passing dark shadows.
 
"Although the TV coverage showed extreme fog, the shooting visibility was fine due to newly installed fog lights on the targets," she added.
 
Norway's Marte Olsbu Roeiseland shot clean to take Thursday's women's sprint in 22:04.9 for her first win of the season and fourth in her career. Germany's Denise Herrmann finished second, with one penalty, 33.1 seconds back. France's Julia Simon, also with one penalty, matched her career best in third place, 47.4 seconds behind Roeiseland.
 
Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) placed 32nd with two standing penalties, 2:26 back, Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) was 70th, 3:51.4 behind with a single prone penalty, and Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.), competing in her first career World Cup, finished 79th with three penalties, 3:51.4 back.
 
Grossman's performance impressed the veteran Dunklee.
 
"Oberhof isn't an easy place for a rookie because of the overwhelming crowds, the noise, and the notoriously foggy weather, but she put together a very solid performance and we look forward to more to come," Dunklee said.
 
 The BMW IBU World Cup continues from Oberhof on Friday with the men's 10km sprint, featuring Americans Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.), Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) and Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.).
 
For FULL broadcast coverage of this week's BMW IBU World Cup, check the listing at the top of the U.S. Biathlon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Biathlon.TeamUSA.
 
Women’s 7.5km sprint results

1.

Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)

22:04.9/+0

2.

Denise Herrmann (GER)

+33.1/+1

3.

Julia Simon (FRA)

+47.4/+1

14. Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) +1:47.6/+1

32.

Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

+2:26.0/+2

70. Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) +3:51.4/+1
79. Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.) +4:31.7/+3

 

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