U.S. Biathlon sets rosters for World Championships
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine– The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the upcoming IBU Biathlon World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, Feb. 13-23, as well as the teams competing at the IBU Open European Championships in Otepaeae, Estonia, Feb. 26 to March 1.
The women’s roster for the IBU World Championships includes all four members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team: Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vermont), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colorado) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vermont). The alternate for the women’s team will be Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wisconsin).
The women’s team will head into Italy with a few recent top-10 performances under their belt. Egan is coming off a sixth-place finish in the 15-kilometer individual at the BMW IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia, on Jan. 24. It was a career-best finish for Egan in the 15-kilometer race.
Dunklee, who won a silver medal in the mass start at the 2017 IBU World Championships, had a 10th-place finish in the 10k pursuit at the BMW IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany, on Jan. 19. At the same event, the women’s relay team of Dunklee, Egan, Reid and Irwin finished 10th in the 4x6km relay for their second top-10 placement of the season.
On the men’s roster for the IBU World Championships are two-time Olympians Sean Doherty (Center Conway, New Hampshire) and Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vermont). They will be joined by Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minnesota) and Paul Schommer (Appleton, Wisconsin). Brown will be making his second career appearance at the world championships, while Schommer will be making his debut. The alternate for the men’s team is Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho). The relay team of Doherty, Nordgren, Brown and Schommer raced to a 10th-place finish at last month’s IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany.
Named to the U.S. women’s team for the Open European Championships at the end of the month are Irwin, Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vermont), Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Washington), Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge) and Kelly Kjorlien (Bozeman, Montana), while Durtschi, Alex Howe (Gilford, New Hampshire), Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska), Raleigh Goessling (Duluth, Minnesota) and Luke Brown (Bozeman, Montana) were selected for the U.S. men’s squad. Luke Brown is the younger brother of Jake Brown and will be making his international biathlon racing debut following some impressive domestic results in cross-country skiing this season.
“We are headed for the most important races of the season with the start of World Championships just around the corner and the Open European Championships to follow after that,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance Lowell Bailey. “The athletes are busy making the last preparations for each championship series and after a long season of waiting, everyone is looking forward to some exciting races over the next three weeks.”
Competition at the IBU World Championships gets underway on Thursday, Feb. 13, with the mixed relay.
Nearly all events will be televised live on the Olympic Channel. The NBC Sports, NBC Sports Gold and Olympic Channel coverage of the IBU World Biathlon Championships will also include live stream links available via NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold and OlympicChannel.com.