The U.S. had a shot to win its first ever Olympic medal in biathlon on Saturday at the PyeongChang Games.
PyeongChang 2018Germany's Laura Dahlmeier shot a flawless ten out of ten as she stormed to Olympic gold in the women's 7.5km biathlon sprint at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre on Saturday 10 February. I have just stayed focused on my races.
Of the 86 participants in Saturday night's race, only three hit all 10 targets.
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Dunklee, who won gold and silver at the world championships previous year to put herself in position to contend for an Olympic medal, missed five targets and finished a distant 66th. "It was really cold in the evening and also on the shooting range we had a lot of wind". I believe that it some time would (result in) a medal in the Olympics.
The Canadian quartet qualified for Monday's 10-km pursuit by finishing in the top-60.
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I am so happy and proud because it was a hard race today.
"It was very frustrating and very disappointing", Dunklee said. The prone was pretty good, one miss is decent. "The sprint is so important for the rest of the races here".
But she said the last couple of loops took a toll on her and that her cold "makes a really big difference in an endurance sport like this trying to race through something like that". However, Dunklee finished in 66th place behind two other Americans, Emily Dreissigacker who finished 51st, and Clare Egan, at 61st. "In prone [position] I definitely got kind of lucky, and the wind was about the same as what I had zeroed in". She's the only American to qualify for the women's pursuit Monday. "And then in standing, I could feel the wind pushing my barrel around a little bit".
"It's going to be a challenge", Dahlmeier said of the conditions. There should be more of that to come as the Olympics continue.
Susan Dunklee was the highest-finishing American, coming in 14th place at 21 minutes, 48.3 seconds - 41.5 seconds behind Kuzmina.
The competition begins at 6:15 a.m. EST and you can watch it live right here.