Name: Deedra Irwin
Sport: Biathlon
Hometown: Pulaski, Wis.
High School: Pulaski High School
College: Michigan Technological University '15 B.S. Exercise Science Major, Coaching Minor and Certificate
Team/Club: Vermont Army National Guard
Olympic Experience
  • Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games - 7th in individual / 37th in sprint / 47th in pursuit / 11th in relay (w/ Clare Egan, Susan Dunklee & Joanne Reid) / 23rd in mass start
World Championship Experience
  • 2023 World Championships (Oberhof, GER) - 13th in mixed relay / 55th in sprint / 57th in pursuit / 20th in individual / 11th in single mixed relay / 15th in women's relay
  • 2021 World Championships (Pokljuka, SLO) - 51st in sprint / 45th in pursuit / 13th in relay
Other Career Highlights
  • 2022 IBU World Cup (Antholz, Italy) - 5th in women's relay (w/ Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan & Joanne Reid)
  • 2019-20 IBU Cup (Martell, Italy) - 8th in sprint / 12th in super sprint final / 12th in super sprint /
  • 2019-20 IBU Cup (Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia) - 6th in short individual / 27th in sprint
  • 2019 US Biathlon National Championships (Jericho, Vt.) - 7th in sprint / 4th in pursuit / 8th in super sprint
  • 2019 Open European Championships (Minsk-Raubichi, BLR) - 56th in individual / 15th in mixed relay / 56th in sprint / 47th in pursuit
  • 2017-18 IBU Cup (Martell, Italy) - 20th in pursuit, 37th in sprint
  • 2017-18 European Championships (Ridnaun, Italy) - 17th in mixed relay, 85th in sprint, 82nd in individual
Personal: Hobbies: piano, playing bridge with my Grandma, petting dogs, eating donuts, knitting, Ski Touring
Did you know….?

My dream vacation spot is… Somewhere I haven't been before.

When traveling, the thing I miss the most is… Family and Friends.

My favorite meal is… Breakfast. (Donuts)

I never travel without… Beary, my teddy bear.

If I were not an athlete, I would… probably be studying to get my masters.

MORE ON DEEDRA: Deedra started skiing when she was a sophomore in high school for Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team to help her stay in shape for her running seasons. After high school she attended Michigan Technological University to study Exercise Science. She ran Cross Country and Track along with competing in Nordic skiing. After college she moved to Ketchum, Idaho, to train with and compete for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's XC Gold Team. She raced with them for two seasons before trying biathlon in Lake Placid, NY at the 2017 Talent ID Camp. She then switched to biathlon and has been training and competing with USBA since then. Deedra also joined the Vermont Army National Guard and completed her Army training throughout the summer of 2019. After working her way through the X-team and B-team she has now qualified for the A-team for the 20/21 season. In her first race at the Olympic Games (women's 15k individual in Beijing 2022) she turned in the best Olympic finish in U.S. Biathlon history with a 7th place, hitting 19 of 20 targets on the range.


2022/23 -58
2021/22 -58


7 IN 2021/22 Beijing (CHN) OWG
14 SP 2021/22 Otepaeae (EST) WC
20 IN 2022/23 Oberhof (GER) WCH
22 SP 2022/23 Pokljuka (SLO) WC
23 MS 2021/22 Beijing (CHN) OWG
25 IN 2022/23 Kontiolahti (FIN) WC
25 MS 2021/22 Otepaeae (EST) WC
28 PU 2022/23 Pokljuka (SLO) WC
29 PU 2021/22 Kontiolahti (FIN) WC
36 SP 2022/23 Kontiolahti (FIN) WC
36 SP 2021/22 Hochfilzen (AUT) WC