Reid Tops U.S. Efforts in Beijing Pursuits

by US Biathlon

Joanne Reid shoots from the prone position during the women's pursuit at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games on Feb. 13, 2022.
Joanne Reid was perfect from the prone position during the women's pursuit on Feb. 13, 2022 (photo by Nordic Focus)

BEIJING, China (Feb. 13, 2022) – Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) equaled the second-best pursuit finish of her career Sunday at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games with a 29th-place effort in the 10-kilometer event at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Center. Reid cleaned the first 15 targets on a tricky shooting range and was only slowed by three penalties in the final standing stage to cross the finish line 4 minutes, 19.8 seconds back of gold medalist Marte Olsbu Roeiseland of Norway.

It was a historic race for U.S. Biathlon with all four American women competing in the pursuit for the first time in Olympic history. Reid was joined by teammates Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Craftsbury Green Racing Project & USBA) who finished 38th, Susan Dunklee (Craftsbury, Vt./Craftsbury Green Racing Project & USBA) who was 40th, and Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis./National Guard Biathlon & USBA) who came in 47th and qualified for the first mass start of her career next Saturday.

The pursuit races were greeted by moderate snow, a stiff wind blowing across the shooting range, and bone-chilling temperatures. All three elements combined to make it tough going for the competitors.

"It was actually really fun," said Reid. "This was the first time we've seen real winter in awhile. The snow coming down really makes it feel kind of Christmasey, and I think we just had a really good time out there, especially because it tightens the skiing so you end up in a big pack, so I got to ski with all of my teammates at some point."

"Snow like this adds a different element," added Irwin. "You really have to fight through it. Making the pursuit at the Olympics, having all four of us in this race, it's just been a historic Olympics for all of us."

Olsbu Roeiseland, with just a single penalty on the range, was unchallenged from start to finish as she added her second individual gold medal of the Games, winning with a time of 34:46.9. Sweden's Elvira Oeberg, with three penalties, came back from sixth position before the last standing stage where she shot clean to take her second consecutive silver medal. Olsbu Roeiseland's teammate Tiril Eckhoff, also with three penalties, captured the bronze medal, 1:48.7 back.

Following the women's race, the men took to the tracks for their 12.5km pursuit. Americans Jake Brown (St. Paul, Minn./Craftsbury Green Racing Project & USBA) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) finished 40th and 43rd, respectively. Brown had six penalties and was 6:06.6 back, while Doherty finished 6:31.3 behind with seven penalties.

France's Quentin Fillon Maillet overcame the windy and snowy conditions to shoot clean in all four stages to secure the gold medal in 39:07.5. Norway's Tarjei Boe, with one penalty, won the silver medal, 28.6 seconds back. Eduard Latypov of the Russian Olympic Committee won the bronze, 35.3 seconds behind with one penalty.

Following a rest day on Monday, the biathlon competition at the Beijing Winter Games continues on Tuesday with the men's 4x7.5km relay.

Women's 10k pursuit results


Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (NOR)



Elvira Oeberg (SWE)



Tiril Eckhoff (NOR)



Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.)


Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) +5:30.1/+4
Susan Dunklee (Craftsbury, Vt.) +5:32.0/+3
Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.) +6:14.1/+4


Men's 12.5k pursuit results


Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA)



Tarjei Boe (NOR)



Eduard Latypov (ROC)



Jake Brown (St. Paul, Minn.)


Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) +6:31.3/+7


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Biathlon Event Schedule for Beijing 2022 Olympic Games (all times EST)


Saturday, Feb. 5 (RECAP)
4:00 am – Mixed relay


Monday, Feb. 7 (RECAP)
4:00 am – Women’s 15km individual


Tuesday, Feb. 8 (RECAP)
3:30 am – Men’s 20km individual


Friday, Feb. 11 (RECAP)
4:00 am – Women’s 7.5km sprint


Saturday, Feb. 12 (RECAP)
4:00 am – Men’s 10km sprint


Sunday, Feb. 13
4:00 am – Women’s 10km pursuit
5:45 am – Men’s 12.5km pursuit


Tuesday, Feb. 15
4:00 am – Men’s 4x7.5km relay


Wednesday, Feb. 16
2:45 am – Women’s 4x6km relay


Friday, Feb. 18
4:00 am – Men’s 15km mass start


Saturday, Feb. 19
4:00 am – Women’s 12.5km mass start


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