US Biathlon names next season’s roster

Joanne Reid, who was among the athletes named to the 2018-19 US Biathlon team, competes in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP file photo — Gregorio Borgia)

LAKE PLACID — After a stunning 2018-19 World Cup biathlon season, Clare Egan revoked her retirement and will represent the US in international competition next winter.

The US Biathlon International Competition Committee named seven athletes to represent the country in biathlon races around the world next winter.

Egan, who is currently ranked 18th in the world, will lead the Women’s A team along with Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vermont), Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vermont) and Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colorado). Dunklee is ranked 34th and Reid is ranked 49th by the International Biathlon Union. Italy’s Dorothea Wierer currently sits atop the world rankings after the 2018-19 season wrapped up last month.

On the men’s side, Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minnesota), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, New Hampshire) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minnesota) will represent the US. Doherty is the highest ranked American by the IBU in 25th place, Nordgren is 57th and Brown is 100th. Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe is the top-ranked man in IBU standings.

The US also named a B team of Travis Cooper, Max Durtschi, Hallie Grossman, Alex Howe, Deedra Irwin, Chloe Levins and Paul Schoomer.

In national rankings, Egan is the top female, followed by Dunklee, Reid and Dreissigacker. For the men, Doherty leads the way and is followed by Nordgren and Brown.

Egan, who lives in Lake Placid, had planned to retire after this past season, which included her first World Cup podium and a top-20 world ranking. She recently told the Enterprise that she was no longer retiring due to her performance this past winter.

The 2019-20 IBU World Cup season is tentatively set to kick off on Dec. 1 in Oesterland, Sweden, and will include stops in Germany, Italy, Poland, Norway and Czech Republic.


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