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Susan Dunklee Hopes to End US Medal Drought in Biathlon

February 17, 2018 Uncategorized  0


With the United States running out of chances to medal in the biathlon, the women’s 12.5km mass start Saturday might be America’s best shot.

So far in Pyeongchang, the women’s biathlon competitions have been dominated by Laura Dahlmeier of Germany. Dahlmeier took home gold in both the 7.5km sprint and the 10km pursuit. She medaled a third time on Thursday, taking home the bronze in the 15km individual. Sweden’s Hanna Oeberg won gold in that event.

Team USA will have one athlete in the race: Susan Dunklee. 

The Vermont native offers the American women’s best chance at medalling. She won silver in the in the 12.5km mass start at the 2017 World Championships.

In her second event of the PyeongChang Olympics, Dunklee performed much better than her first. Dunklee finished in 19th place of the women’s individual Thursday.

The women’s 12.5km mass start begins at 6:05 a.m. ET. As the name implies, all the racers start at the same time and race to four shooting positions, two standing and two prone. Athletes take five shots at each position and must do a 150-meter penalty lap each time they miss

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