Susan Dunklee will compete in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, in front of empty stands (photo by Nordic Focus)
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (March 2, 2020) -- The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the final three BMW IBU World Cup events of the 2019-20 season. World Cup 7 will take place this week in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, but it will have a dramatically different feel to it as the Czech National Security Council has closed the venue to all spectators due to the recent spread of the coronavirus. The decision was announced by the International Biathlon Union on Monday.
American athletes taking part in this rare spectator-less event will be Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) and Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) on the women's side, and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.), Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wis.) for the men. Competition begins on Thursday, March 5, with the women's sprint and runs through Sunday, March 8.
The Olympic Channel will have live coverage Thursday through Saturday of the men's and women's sprints and men's and women's relays. On Sunday, the Olympic Channel will broadcast same-day coverage of the men's and women's mass start races. Streaming options are also available on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold. For a full broadcast schedule, click here.
The final two BMW IBU World Cup events, World Cups 8 & 9, will take place in Kontiolahti, Finland, March 12-15, and in Oslo, Norway, March 20-22. Dunklee, Egan and Dreissigacker will comprise the U.S. women's team at those events, while Doherty, Nordgren and Brown will race for the U.S. men's team.
Durtschi Qualifies for Open European Championships Pursuit
At last week's IBU Open European Championships in Minsk-Raubichi, Belarus, Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) finished 26th in the 119-man field of the men's 10-kilometer sprint on Feb. 29. The performance was a career-best in an individual race at that event for Durtschi and qualified him for Sunday's mass start where he placed 53rd.
U.S. Biathlon Not Sending Junior Athletes to European Competitions
The decision was made today by U.S. Biathlon to not send its junior athletes to two upcoming competitions in Europe based on advice from team doctors concerning the rapidly-developing situation with the coronavirus in nearby Italy. The two events are the IBU Junior Cup in Arber, Germany, March 6-7, and the IBU Junior Open European Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, March 11-15.