(Press Release) Clare Egan fourth at Antholz – FasterSkier.com

Clare Egan finishes fourth in the women’s 15km individual in Antholz, Italy. (Photo: NordicFocus)

Antholz, ITA – US biathlon team and Craftsbury Green Racing Project athlete Claire Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) notched the second-best finish of her career with a fourth-place finish in Friday’s women’s 15k individual competition in Antholz, Italy. The result comes after Egan returned home for Christmas and skipped the Oberhof World Cup to prepare for the Beijing Games.

“The biggest challenge in my preparation has been staying positive and patient as I try to improve my fitness after a tough start to the season,” said Egan. “But I’m well supported by the team around me so I never stop believing in it. I think my plan to go home for Christmas and then skip the World Cup in Oberhof to train here in Antholz at altitude worked well for me.

The last time Egan competed in the Flower Ceremony was in the same event in 2020 at the Pokljuka World Cup where she placed 6th. Being back in top form showed her she was on the right track after a disappointing 76th place last week in the Ruhpolding 7.5km World Cup Sprint race. Egan was inspired by Paul Schomerit is 9th place yesterday, and hopes his 4th can inspire the rest of his team to know they’re on the right track heading into the Olympics.

“Biathlon is a very difficult sport and the great thing about Clare is that she is resilient and persevering,” said the women’s head coach Armin Auchentaller. “Hard work always pays off, the most important thing is to believe in what you are doing.”

Egan has certainly allowed the plan to work in her favor, and her fourth place qualifies her for the women’s 12.5km mass start on Sunday. But first, she will join the rest of the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team for the women’s relay on Saturday.

“I’m really looking forward to our stint tomorrow and my first mass start of the season on Sunday,” she said. “I just have to focus on a good recovery now because that’s a lot of kilometers in three days!”

Deedra Irwin finished 55th, Joanne Reid 73rd and Susan Dunklee 88th.

Catch the action live on Peacock with Chad Salmela and President and CEO of USBA Max Cobb commenting live from Antholz. Download the IBU app to keep track of all your favorite athletes!

The United States Biathlon team and staff (along with some mascots) celebrate a series of successful races in Antholz, Italy. (Photo: NordicFocus)

BMW IBU World Cup – Antholz, Italy (all Eastern times)

Saturday January 22
6:50 a.m. – 15 km mass start Men
9:00 a.m. – Women’s 4x6km relay

Sunday January 23
6:15 a.m. – Men’s 4×7.5km relay
9:15 a.m. – 12.5 km mass start women

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