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This is part II of an interview with U.S. biathlete Susan Dunklee. In her final season racing World Cup, Dunklee has decided to take on a leadership role, as an Athlete Ambassador for gender equity, with the International Biathlon Union. You can find part one of the interview here. This portion of the interview focuses on an incident that crystalized Dunklee’s resolve to foster cultural change in her chosen sport. Dunklee posted a two-Instagram post...

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Back in 2008, Susan Dunklee chose to become a biathlete after finishing her collegiate ski career. This was a solid decision both for Dunklee and for the US Biathlon program. With two World Championship silver medals, she is the most decorated biathlete from the U.S. women’s team. Born and raised in Vermont, Dunklee finds comfort in familiarity. During the offseason, she is based near Craftsbury and can often be found training with her Green Racing...

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Press Release   New Gloucester, Maine: US Biathlon is pleased to announce the hiring of Dana Hatton as the new National Team Assistant Coach. Dana grew up in Maine and skied with the St. Lawrence Varsity Nordic Ski Team for four years. Most recently, Dana spent two years as the Graduate Assistant Coach for the St. Lawrence Ski Team, where she completed her Masters degree in Leadership. “We are thrilled to have Dana onboard as...

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There will be many ways in which we remember the past 12 months— March to March — as a relative void when it comes to normalcy. You don’t need to hear that from us. For the most part, this was a year with a lack of national championships at the senior or junior level. U.S. Ski & Snowboard made the decision early on to cancel Senior Nationals and Junior Nationals. The same was true for...

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Press Release NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (April 14, 2021) – The US Biathlon board of directors today named the following athletes to the National Team and Junior National Team for the 2021-22 season. National A1 Team Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) Susan Dunklee (Craftsbury, Vt.) Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)   National A2 Team Jake Brown (St. Paul, Minn.) Leif Nordgren (Hinesburg, Vt.)   National A3 Team Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.)...

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    U.S. Biathlon Team Assistant Coach Opportunity Position Description The primary role of the U.S. Biathlon Team Assistant Coach is to support a professional training environment for U.S. Biathlon Team Senior, Development, and Junior team athletes training daily out of team headquarters in Lake Placid, NY. The Assistant Coach will work closely with head coaching staff to understand and support the training goals of each athlete.  Duties may include, but are not limited to:...

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Press Release NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (March 14, 2021) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) combined to give the United States its first medal in the single mixed relay since 2017 as the BMW IBU World Cup wrapped up two weeks of competition in Nove Mesto on Sunday. Dunklee was part of the previous podium appearance as well when she teamed up with Lowell Bailey for a silver medal four years ago. Dunklee led the...

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Press Release NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (March 13, 2021) – Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) has become the second U.S. female biathlete to meet the standards set for early qualification to the 2022 U.S. Olympic team at the end of the season. Early qualification is available for up to two athletes who meet the standards of the U.S. Biathlon selection procedures, in this case, two top-12 finishes at an IBU World Cup race during the 2020-21 season. With her second eighth-place...

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USBA Press Release NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (March 12, 2021) — American Susan Dunklee(Barton, Vt.) was one of 14 competitors to shoot clean in the 103-woman field during Friday’s women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup in Nove Mesto. Her marksmanship earned Dunklee her first top-10 finish of the season in an individual race as she stopped the clock 37.2 seconds behind winner Tiril Eckhoff of Norway, who took the gold medal despite...

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Press Release POKLJUKA, Slovenia (Feb. 12, 2021) – Earlier this season, Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) raced to a career-best 30th-place finish in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup in Kontiolahti, Finland. On Friday, in biathlon’s biggest event on the 2020-21 calendar, the 28-year-old Brown smashed his personal best with clean shooting and a 12th-place finish at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Pokljuka. His time was just 44.8 seconds back of winner Martin...

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  Press Release NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (Feb. 9, 2021) – On Wednesday, the mixed relay event will open the 11-day IBU Biathlon World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia, but the annual highlight of the IBU schedule will, as with most sporting events, look drastically different this year. As the more than 300 athletes from 38 countries descend on Pokljuka, gone will be the throngs of biathlon-mad fans that fill the stands and line the course, cheering on...

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Press Release from US Biathlon: By Bill Kellick After back-to-back IBU World Cup events in Oberhof, Germany, the U.S. Biathlon team and the rest of the world’s best biathletes are headed for Antholz, Italy, for the final World Cup races before the IBU Biathlon World Championships. This week’s BMW IBU World Cup event, running Jan. 21-24, will consist of individual races, mass starts and relays. Antholz played host to last year’s world championships and the...

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As coronavirus cases spike worldwide, biathletes are preparing for a modified start to the 2020-2021 World Cup season. The schedule emphasizes less travel than would be the norm on the IBU World Cup circuit. At the end of September, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced that the first four races of the winter would be held at two venues. Kontiolahti, Finland, will host the first two events on consecutive weekends, starting 27 November. Hochfilzen, Austria...

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Craig Wiggers is a biathlete based in Ithaca, New York. Below we have a brief intro from Wiggers and an excerpt from his book, Nordic Warrior? A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon. As the title suggests, Wiggers came to skiing and biathlon midlife. His experience and anecdotes reveal a universal truth: it’s never too late to be fearless and try something new.     **** My journey into Nordic biathlon as a southern raised, middle-aged, New York transplant...

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Biathlon is a unique Olympic event that attracts athletes and fans alike for its integration of two opposing athletic elements. Fans can now gain greater insights into the sport and their favorite athletes with Heartbeat: The US Biathlon Podcast. Heartbeat takes listeners inside the world of a sport that combines the heart-pumping aerobics of cross country skiing with the precision element of marksmanship. The US Biathlon podcast brings you close to the athletes, breaking down...

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On Thanksgiving, it’s worth celebrating a breakthrough moment. When wins and podiums become quotidian, perhaps the luster wears over time. Sports fans love the breakthrough — the moment it first comes together for an athlete. In biathlon, the moving parts are many. The fitness, the pacing, the skis, the steady mental state on the range, the breathing, the shooting, the wind flags, and the targets falling — they all must align. Kelsey Dickinson, 26, of...

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For many years the U.S. Biathlon Association (USBA) has invested in talent. Athletes who demonstrate ski-speed and a knack for shooting on the firing range receive what amounts to a cushioned sport-specific transition. In this case, Luke Brown (Crosscut Mountain Sports/USBA) and Zane Fields (USBA) are the latest cross-country athletes embraced by the USBA’s X-Team.  Brown, who is in his second year removed from Dartmouth, and Fields who is fresh off a four year stint...

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  On May 26, Maddie Phaneuf wrote a crisp and revealing blog post about her struggle with mental health issues after the 2018 Olympics. The blog post was titled Invisible Battles, and like many who suffer from a mental health crisis, her struggle was real but often difficult to discuss candidly. Phaneuf does a great service to the community by describing the symptoms she experienced and how she sought help from mental health professionals. Phaneuf...

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Biathlete of the Year With the 2018/2019 season officially in the rearview, FasterSkier is running a series of articles highlighting some of the players and performances from the season. This honor goes to the outstanding North American biathlete on the international circuit. About ten seconds into the IBU TV interview with U.S. biathlete Clare Egan that follows, her first statement regarding her then career-best World Cup Result – a sixth place in Pokljuka, Slovenia’s  10-kilometer pursuit –...

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For years under the leadership of Bernd Eisenbichler and Per Nilsson, US Biathlon was a polyglot enterprise. It’s often claimed the high performance staff at USBA had a decidedly United Nations vibe. As a sport firmly entrenched in Europe, siphoning some of that expertise into the U.S. program paid dividends over the past two decades. IBU World Cup podiums and World Championship medals were the payback. Lowell Bailey, at thirty-seven years old, is a hybrid...