Susan Dunklee takes World Championship mass start silver for U.S. in Austria

Dunklee smiles as she shoots clean 20/20!

Young American biathletes will be inspired by the amazing performance of Susan Dunklee at the 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen (Austria). Watch her win silver for the United States by shooting straight and skiing fast in the 12.5-km mass start competition!

Jump to the USA parts (when Americans are on-camera)!

  • 00:03:11 Susan Dunklee during the pre-race equipment check
  • 00:04:00 Overview of the course
  • 00:07:20 Susan Dunklee visible just prior to start
  • 00:08:17 Starting gun goes off!
  • 00:09:04 Glimpse of Clare Egan during mass start
  • 00:14:55 Glimpse of Dunklee 1st to leave the first (prone) shooting round
  • 00:15:10 Dunklee in the lead departs with a time of 6:46.1
  • 00:16:13 Great footage of Dunklee 4-6 sec in front of a pack of followers
  • 00:17:40 Good close up of Dunklee transitioning from down- to up-hill section (about 9:25 into race)
  • 00:18:32 Dunklee close up at the beginning of a big climb
  • 00:20:40 Dunklee passed as they approach the range
  • 00:21:15 Second round of shooting (prone) begins
  • 00:21:18 Dunklee first contacts mat at 12:59 race time (takes only ~27 seconds before she leaves it again!)
  • 00:21:43 Dunklee shoots clean and is up first (at 13:26)! (but Dahlmeier is only 3.8s behind her…)
  • 00:22:33 Review of Dunklee’s 2nd 5 shots (including one split round)
  • 00:23:23 Dunklee speeding along…
  • 00:24:45 Times displayed (following group of five is 3.3-6.3s behind Dunklee’s time of 16:19.8s)
  • 00:25:35 Gap closing as they start up the big hill (to 0.6-4.6s behind her 17:35.8)
  • 00:26:41 First time Dahlmeier leads Dunklee outside of the range area (~18:25 race time)
  • 00:27:10 Dunklee slips into third
  • 00:28:19 Third round of shooting (standing) begins (Dunklee arrives ~19:55)
  • 00:28:35 Dunklee again shoots clean and exits first (20:19 race time, so in/out in ~24s)!
  • 00:29:45 Close up slow-mo shots of Dunklee shooting
  • 00:31:35 Splits show Dunklee time of 23.13.8 with 3 followers 4.2-4.7s behind her
  • 00:34:20 After holding the lead continuously, Dunklee is passed by one of the 3 followers
  • 00:34:50 Four leaders enter the range
  • 00:35:12 Final round of shooting (standing) begins (Dunklee on mat at ~26:52)
  • 00:35:32 Dunklee again shoots clean and departs first (at 27:13; elapsed time on mat ~21s!)
  • 00:37:35 Dunklee gets some coaching before the big hill (with Dahlmeier closing again)
  • 00:38:10 Dunklee’s lead of ~5s now down to ~1.5
  • 00:39:04 Dahlmeier now in the lead which grows to ~3.5 sec on the big hill
  • 00:41:25 Dunklee enters finish straight-away
  • 00:41:35 Dunklee across the line at 33:18.4s, 4.6 behind Dahlmeier
  • 00:43:33 Close up of top three finishers
  • 00:44:31 Egan coming through the finish (3:04.1 off the lead 33:13.8, so done in 36:17.9)
  • 00:47:47 Final standings displayed
  • 00:49:40 Dunklee slow-mos and highlights!
  • 00:51:46 2016/17 World Cup total scores (Susan 13th with 388 points)
  • 00:52:30 Dunklee walking out getting hugs


Dunklee leads and Egan misses only one in the first round of shooting.


Standings after the first round of shooting.


Standings after the second round of shooting.


Standings after the third round of shooting.


Standings after final round of shooting.


Dunklee celebrates the first silver at the finish line.

Final standings

Starting order of U.S. competitors

  • 17 Susan Dunklee
  • 30 Clare Egan


Watch these for follow up footage and interviews with Dunklee!

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