Germany, Ukraine and Norway were on the podium in today’s Women’s Relay, but it was the Canadian team of Rosanna Crawford, Megan Imrie, Megan Heinicke and Zina Kocher who were the biggest surprise with an historic 4th place finish.
The Germans are no longer the star-studded team of recent past, but they continue to punch above their weight in the relay. Their team of Franziska Preuss, Andrea Henkel, Franziska Hildebrand and Laura Dahlmeier needed only three spare rounds to earn their first victory and second podium of the season.
The Ukraine, winners of the first relay of the season, finished second with four spare rounds, just ahead of Norway after Olena Pidhrushna was able to hold off Tora Berger in a sprint finish.
The fourth place finish was the best result ever for Canada in the Women’s Relay. The Canadian women used 9 spare rounds, but were very fast on the tracks. This great performance, following a strong effort in the previous relay, has the rest of the field taking notice and earned the team an interview with on the IBU’s “competition reactions” segment. You can view this video on the IBU’s webcasting page.
The US team of Susan Dunklee, Sarah Studebaker, Hannah Dreissigacker and Annalies Cook also had a good competition, finishing in 8th place, using only six spare rounds.
Tomorrow is the Men’s Relay, starting at 5:30 Pacific, 8:30 Eastern.