Of the five women named to the 2014 Winter Olympic U.S. Biathlon team this week, three are Dartmouth graduates.
Hannah Dreissigacker ’09, Thayer ’10, Susan Dunklee ’08, and Sara Studebaker ’07 are heading to Sochi, Russia, to try for the first-ever medal for the U.S. in biathlon—an ancient sport with military roots that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
“We believe we are members of the strongest team U.S. Biathlon has ever fielded,” says Susan Dunklee ’08. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Reuters)
“We will have quite the Dartmouth contingent,” says Dreissigacker, the daughter of Olympic rowers Judy Geer ’75, Thayer ’83, and Dick Dreissigacker. “We have worked so hard together, pushed each other to be better, helped each other through the hard parts, and had so much fun together, and I am so glad that we all qualified for Sochi together.”
All three were members of the Dartmouth ski team, training under coach Cami Thompson Graves. They were also top students, majoring in engineering and studio art (Dreissigacker), biology with an ecology focus (Dunklee), and government and Latino and Caribbean studies (Studebaker).
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