After two days of time trials in Soldier Hollow, Utah, U.S. biathletes await to hear the roster for a training camp in Sweden starting in November. The camp will determine World Cup starts and, eventually, Olympic spots.
In a sprint race on Tuesday, Lowell Bailey topped the men’s field by five seconds over teammate Tim Burke, who had one penalty to Bailey’s clean sheet. Veteran Jeremy Teela was third, with clean shooting as well. In a second sprint on Thursday, Bailey won again despite two penalties. Leif Nordgren moved up to second position with a single penalty and Burke placed third with three missed shots.
For the women, Susan Dunklee shot clean to a victory of over a minute in the Tuesday sprint. National team teammate Annelies Cook was second with two missed shots and Sara Studebaker third with three. Thursday saw a new winner: Hannah Dreissigacker, who outskied Lanny Barnes by 25 seconds. Both women cleaned all their targets. Studebaker was again third, with two missed shots, another minute behind Barnes.
Dunklee, Cook, Studebaker, Bailey, Burke, and Nordgren are pre-qualified for the first World Cup weekend in Ostersund, Sweden, while Dunklee, Bailey, and Burke are also qualified for Sochi.