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Ski briefs: Dartmouth grad Dunklee set for Olympics in China

  • Susan Dunklee of the US runs during the women's 7.5 km sprint race at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • A spent cartridge pops out of the rifle of Susan Dunklee of the United States during warmup before the women's 12.5 km mass start competition at the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

  • Susan Dunklee of the U.S. skis during the women's 10 km Pursuit competition at the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Valley News Sports Editor
Published: 3/25/2021 10:00:20 PM
Modified: 3/25/2021 10:00:17 PM

HANOVER — Former Dartmouth College skier Susan Dunklee has knocked Olympic qualification off of her to-do list early this year.

A 2008 graduate and member of the Big Green’s NCAA championship team in 2007, Dunklee secured a spot for next year’s Winter Olympics in China with multiple top-12 finishes in World Cup or world championship competition this season. It will be her third Olympics, after appearances in South Korea in 2018 and Russia four years prior. Dunklee had a personal-best 11th-place finish in the women’s mass-start biathlon at Sochi in 2014.

The 35-year-old from Craftsbury, Vt., is the most successful American biathlete ever. She is the only U.S. woman to claim world championship individuals medals, earning silvers both in Italy last year and Austria in 2017.

Dunklee and Clare Egan are the first two Americans to earn spots on next winter’s U.S. Olympic team. The remaining biathlon spots, with a minimum of four per gender, will be determined during competition next season.

Ames sweeps T-shirt race

SUNAPEE — The Ford Sayre Ski Council’s U14s got in plenty of late-season action in Sunday’s Chip Gilroy T-Shirt race at Mount Sunapee, staging a pair of two-run parallel giant slaloms.

Sam Ames swept to victories in both boys races for Ford Sayre. Gavin Munson, Wynn Bushell and Ben Ames followed for a 1-2-4-7 result in the opening event. Sam Ames, Munson, Bushell, Ian Holmes gave FSSC a 1-3-4-6-10 performance in the second GS.

Hailey Pastel and Campbell Madden both had third-place finishes to lead the girls. Sadie Ross and Madden completed a 3-5-7 result for Ford Sayre in the opening race. The club was 3-4-7-8 in the second competition behind Madden, Pastel, Sofia Tomlinson-Sanchez and Lila Muirhead.

Upper Valley populates NCAA field

FRANCONIA, N.H. — There were no Dartmouth skiers to be found, but the Upper Valley still had several representatives in competition at the recent NCAA Championships at Cannon Mountain and the Jackson Nordic Center.

St. Lawrence sent juniors Brian Seltzer and Ava Mattson to Alpine racing. Seltzer, a Hanover High graduate by way of Waterville Valley Academy, placed 25th in the men’s slalom and 28th in the giant slalom. Mattson, who graduated from Woodstock High and skied at Killington Mountain School, was 30th in the women’s slalom and 20th in the GS.

Another Woodstock product, senior Parker Biele, competed for Boston College. She was a team-best 13th in the women’s GS and led the Eagles by going 17th in the slalom.

Colby contributed Andy Rightmire and Kirsten Miller, both former Hanover High athletes, in Nordic competition. Sophomore Rightmire was 30th in the men’s 10K classic and 32nd in the 20K freestyle. Senior Miller claimed 22nd in the women’s 15K freestyle and 22nd in the 5K classic.

Dartmouth didn’t send a team as part of the Ivy League’s ban on intercollegiate competition during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAAs were held March 10-13.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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