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U.S. Names Women’s Olympic Biathlon Team; Dreissigacker 5th in Arber IBU Cup

The U.S. Biathlon Association has announced that Emily Dreissigacker, Maddie Phaneuf, and Joanne Reid will join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Dunklee and Egan were already qualified for the team, with Dunklee winning a silver medal in the 12.5 k mass start at 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, and Egan having the next best results on the World Cup of any other American woman in December.

Dreissigacker, Phaneuf, and Reid were chosen based on two IBU Cup competitions in Slovakia and an IBU Cup and a time trial in Germany. Just missing out on an Olympic berth was Chloe Levins, who also made the short list and competed in the four races.

In the final selection race, Emily Dreissigacker notched a career-best IBU Cup finish of fifth place in the 15 k individual in Arber, Germany, on Thursday. She shot a perfect 20-for-20 to finish 2:00.4 behind race winner Karolin Horchler of Germany. In the same race, Phaneuf also cleaned to finish 11th, +2:58.6. Only Horchler, third-place Anna Weidel (also of Germany), Dreissigacker, and Phaneuf shot clean in a field of 73 finishers. Levins had three penalties to finish 37th, +5:59.3, and Reid missed five shots to place 45th, +6:25.9.

The men’s qualification competitions finish with a 10 k sprint in Arber on Saturday, after which point the men’s team will be announced.

Three Top-20’s for Canada in Arber

In the Arber 15 k, Canada’s Megan Bankes and Megan Tandy placed 15th (+3:24.4) and 18th (+3:34.9), respectively, with two and four penalties. Erin Yungblut was 48th with two penalties (+7:16.2) and Nadia Moser 53rd with five missed shots (+8:40.2).

The men’s 20 k individual was won by France’s Jean Guillaume Beatrix. Canada’s Carsen Campbell finished 20th (+3:33.0) with one missed shot, the same tally as Beatrix, for his best result of the season so far. Aidan Millar placed 55th (+8:42.3) with three penalties, and Matthew Hudec 73rd (+12:20.3) with six penalties, out of a field of 85.

Results:

Arber 15 k individual / Arber 20 k individual

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