Strong Relay Performances by Team USA
Austria (December 7, 2013) – Posting one of their best recent relay results,
Team USA - Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT), Sara Studebaker
(Boise, ID), Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT), and Lanny Barnes
(Durango, CO) – excelled on the range at today’s World Cup 4X6-kilometer relay.
Finishing eighth, with a time of 1:15:54/0+3, the squad was 2:44.8 back from
Team Ukraine (Dzhyma, Vita Semerenko, Valj Semerenko, Pidhrushna) winning today
with a time of 1:13:09.2/0+3.
and Barnes both shot clean in the second and fourth relay legs, respectively.
“Today was a
really good race for me,” said Studebaker. “I was definitely motivated to have
a good one after sitting out yesterday, and relays are always fun. I was
psyched to shoot so well and this definitely feels like a step in the right
direction personally after Ostersund. As a team, this is a great result. We
were looking for some redemption after a tough day yesterday and I think we
proved that we're on our way back up!”
“It was a
really fun relay today and a tough battle from start to finish,” said Barnes.
“The girls did an awesome job setting me up for a fight in the top-10. It was
nice to have a good result like this for the first relay especially after a
disappointing day yesterday. I am excited about the possibility of our team
improving on that result in the next relay. I am very proud of my teammates and
happy with our result today.”
(Preuss, Henkel, Hildebrad, Dahlmeier) took second (1:14:05.5/1+7), and France
(Brunet, Boilley, Chevalier, Bescond) finish third (1:14:10/0+7).
results from the women’s relay are available here.
Men Finish 11th
USA - Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY), Tim Burke (Paul
Smiths, NY), Jeremy Teela (Heber City, UT), and Leif Nordgren
(Marine, MN) – finished 11th
in today’s 4x7.5km relay. Finishing with a time of 1:21:16.2/0+10, the team was
1:25 back from Norway (Christiansen, Bjoerndalen, Boe, and Svendsen), winning
with a time of 1:19:50.8/0+10. Sweden (Eriksson, Ferry, Lindstroem, and
Bergman) finished second (1:20:10.1/0+5), and Russia (Volkov,Ustyugov,Shipulin
and Malyshko) took third (1:20:11.9/0+10).
"I think we can be really happy with how things
went in the relay today," said Burke. "Of course we want to finish
better than 11th place, but I think the fact the we were only 1:25 behind the leaders
says a lot about our performance. With just a few less extra shots, we can be
right in the mix for a podium finish!"
Team USA was
among the top-3 during the first half of the relay, but snow set in
mid-race slowing down the track. Extended results from the men’s relay can
be found here.
World Cup 2 competition
wraps up in Hochfilzen tomorrow with the men’s and women’s pursuit events.
Bailey and Burke will race for Team USA in the men’s 12.5km pursuit beginning
at 7:30am (ET). Watch the pursuit live here.