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Biathlon: What to Know for Women's Individual Event

Susan Dunklee offers Team USA the best chance at medaling

    Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
    Country
    Total
    1
    Norway
    119828
    2
    Germany
    106420
    3
    Canada
    65617
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    NEWSLETTERS

    High Wind Forces Evacuation of Olympic Park

    Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour have forced the evacuation of the Gangneung Olympic Park. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018)

    Update: The Olympic women's individual biathlon has been postponed due to strong winds hitting the Alpensia Biathlon Center.

    Forecasts are predicting gusts of more than 15 mph Wednesday night in Pyeongchang, making it difficult for competitors to shoot their rifles.

    The event has been moved to Thursday, starting ahead of the men's individual biathlon.

    Through two women’s events, it’s been the same story at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

    Laura Dahlmeier’s star has shined brightest.

    The 24-year-old German became the first athlete to win two medals at these Games with her gold in the women’s 10km pursuit. She also took gold in the 7.5km sprint.

    Dahlmeier has a shot at scoring a rare hat-trick in Pyeongchang. But spectators will have to wait another day as Wednesday's event was canceled due to high winds. 

    Here are a few things to know about the women’s 15km individual.

    WHAT IT IS
    This is the "traditional biathlon competition," as the International Biathlon Union describes it. It's simple.

    Each athlete races and shoots against the clock individually. The fastest time wins gold. The second fastest wins silver. Third gets bronze. Once an athlete completes the course, they have to wait until the rest of the field finishes.

    The medal winners at the 2014 Sochi Olympics finished in under 45 minutes. Darya Domracheva finished in 43 minutes, 19.6 seconds. Selina Gasparin, of Switzerland, captured silver, closing at 44 minutes, 35.3 seconds.

    Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus got the bronze at 44 minutes, 57.8 seconds. Two of the three on the podium were from Belarus.

    TEAM USA
    It’s been a disappointing Olympics for U.S. Biathlon, which entered the Games expecting to compete for its first-ever Olympic medal. Through four biathlon total events, the Americans have yet to come close to reaching the podium.

    After having just one biathlete in the pursuit Monday, Team USA will have a full field in the women's individual.

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    That means we'll see Susan Dunklee return to action. Dunklee offers Team USA the best chance at medaling.

    Dunklee finished in 66th place during Saturday's 7.5km sprint. She will surely attempt to channel that disappointment to rebound in her second event.

    Expectations coming into Pyeongchang were high for U.S. Biathlon, at least from within. Thus far, Team USA hasn't lived up to them. It's still early and the individual offers another opportunity for Dunklee and Co. to get the first Olympic medal for U.S. Biathlon.

    WHAT TO WATCH
    Let's kick this section off with some Dahlmeier things to watch. Because why not. She's been dominant.

    Dahlmeier can become the fourth biathlete ever to win three gold medals at one Winter Olympics.

    She can join biathlon legend Ole Einar Bjoerndalen as the only biathletes to win gold in the individual, pursuit and sprint. She can become the first woman to win a medal in the sprint, pursuit and individual in a single Games.

    A gold would make Dahlmeier the third-ever German woman to win the individual event.