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Irwin 6th in IBU Cup Short Individual

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 10, 2020, 1:38 p.m. (ET)

Deedra Irwin (r) during the flower ceremony at the IBU Cup in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia, on Jan. 10.

BREZNO-Osrblie, Slovakia (Jan. 10, 2020) – U.S. athletes continued their run of success at this season's IBU Cup events on Friday as Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.) raced to a sixth-place finish in the women's 12.5-kilometer short individual race at Brezno-Osrblie. Irwin hit 18 of her 20 targets on the range, going 10-for-10 from prone and cleaning her final standing stage as well. Her time was 1 minute, 40.4 seconds off the winning time of Russia's Ekaterina Glazyrina who shot clean.

"I was really excited for my first race back on the IBU Cup circuit this year," said Irwin. "The conditions were great in Osrblie. I was able to execute three of my four shooting stages really well and my ski speed has been feeling great. Everything just came together today. Ready and excited for the next one."

Irwin's performance marked the fourth time this season an American athlete has finished in the top-six of an IBU Cup event, including silver medal performances by Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.) and Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.). Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) also had a sixth-place finish in December.

Other American competitors in Friday's women's short individual were Dickinson in 65th place and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) in 71st.

In the men's 15km short individual at Friday's IBU Cup, Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.) was 45th, followed by Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) in 48th, Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) in 54th and Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif.) in 83rd.

The IBU Cup calendar continues Sunday with the women's 7.5km sprint and the men's 10km sprint.


BMW IBU World Cup -Oberhof, Germany

Sean Doherty is seen before Friday's sprint in Oberhof (photo by Nordic Focus)

In BMW IBU World Cup action on Friday, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) both turned in their best performances of the season in the men's 10km sprint with Doherty finishing 21st and Nordgren 26th. Their previous best finishes of the season were 36th and 38th, respectively.

The foggy conditions the women's sprint encountered on Thursday cleared a bit for the men on Friday, but heavy rain overnight and warm temperatures softened the tracks to the point that the course had to be altered from the typical 3.3km loops to the 2.5km loop. Doherty had just a single standing penalty to finish 1:53.1 behind winner Martin Fourcade of France.

"I am happy to start the new year off with a good race," Doherty said. "It feels good to make the most of the varied conditions that Oberhof presents. We will see what tomorrow brings. You can count on the fog but who knows what else."

Nordgren also had just a single penalty, his coming in prone, to cross the line 1:57.3 back of Fourcade. Other Americans in the race were Schommer, who placed a career-best 53rd, and Brown who finished 68th.

"I didn't have an amazing race on the skis today, I think that will come with a few more races, but I put together a good shooting performance in these conditions and that was enough for today," said Nordgren. "I think a lot of guys struggled today, Sean and I were able to turn that into our advantage and had a decent race."

Fourcade shot clean for the first time this season to claim a convincing win in 25:27.2. His French teammate Emilien Jacquelin had one penalty to place second, 25.5 behind, while Germany's Johannes Kuehn, also with one penalty, was third, 33 seconds back of Fourcade.

The relays take center stage on Saturday in Oberhof, with the women's 4x6km relay featuring Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) starting at 6:00 a.m. EST, followed by the men's 4x7.5km relay at 8:15 a.m. EST. 

The women's relay will be shown LIVE on The Olympic Channel on Saturday with the men's relay on same-day delay starting at 9:30 a.m. EST. 

In addition, livestreams will be available via desktop (, ( and as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports and Olympic Channel app are available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

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:

IBU Cup Women’s 12.5km short individual results (Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia)


Ekaterina Glazyrina (RUS)



Evgeniya Pavlova (RUS)



Alexia Runggaldier (ITA)



Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.)


65. Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.) +7:10.8/+6
71.  Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) +8:13.6/+7


IBU Cup Men’s 15km short individual results (Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia)


Endre Stroemsheim (NOR)



Roman Rees (GER)



Kirill Streltsov (RUS)



Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.)


48. Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) +5:53.7/+4
54. Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) +6:34.0/+4
83. Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif.) +9:29.3/+7


BMW IBU World Cup Men’s 10km sprint results (Oberhof, Germany)


Martin Fourcade (FRA)



Emilien Jacquelin (FRA)



Johannes Kuehn (GER)



Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)


26. Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.) +1:57.3/+1
53. Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) +2:46.8/+3
68. Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) +3:17.0/+3

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