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Emily in 5th position during the Arber IBU Cup flower ceremony

Emily Dreissigacker Named to Olympic Team

Last Updated: 16.Jan.2018

Last week, Emily Dreissigacker was named to the US Olympic Team for Biathlon. She is set to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in mid February. Emily is a member of the US National B team and trains both in Craftsbury and with the National Team in Lake Placid.

Emily had solid results throughout the rollerski trial season, with a standout victory in a sprint race in October. She was then selected to travel with the National Team to Canmore, Alberta for an early season training camp. From here, she was chosen to go to Europe for the pre-Christmas World Cups in Ostersund, Sweden and Annecy Le Grand Bornand, France. Not having the results needed for Olympic qualification, she was sent down the IBU Cup level after the New Year. Here, she was on fire in what was deemed the final “Olympic Trials,” consisting of three IBU Cup races and one team time trial. She was either the first or second American woman in each of these competitions. In the final IBU cup race, an individual in Arber, Germany, she cleaned the race (hit 20 out of 20 targets) and finished fifth, one of the best American finishes at this level. Based on these performances, Emily punched her ticket, to represent the US in Pyeonchang. 

Emily will join GRP biathlon teammates Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan at the Olympics. Read the US Biathlon Association’s press release about Emily’s Olympic nomination here.