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Three more biathletes qualify for U.S. Olympic team

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Tim BurkeSean Doherty and Clare Egan make it five biathletes qualified for the U.S. Olympic team.

The trio clinched berths with the conclusion of the fall World Cups in France this weekend. There is one more set of mass-start races Sunday, but no U.S. biathletes not already qualified are entered.

Burke and Doherty join world champion Lowell Bailey via top-30 finishes this season. Egan joins world silver medalist Susan Dunklee as the other top-finishing U.S. woman this season.

Burke is the biggest name of the trio. The 35-year-old former standard bearer of U.S. biathlon is going to his fourth Olympics.

Burke was once the hope to win the first U.S. Olympic medal in biathlon, the only Winter Olympic sport where the U.S. has yet to make a podium.

He led the World Cup overall standings in 2009 and won a 2013 World Championships silver medal but hasn’t been better than 18th individually at the Winter Games.

Bailey, also going to his fourth Olympics, succeeded Burke as the top U.S. man in recent seasons. Burke’s best World Cup finish since Sochi was sixth.

Doherty was the first U.S. teenage biathlete to compete at an Olympics in 2014 at age 18. He only competed in the relay in Sochi but has since grown to become the No. 2 American behind Bailey this season.

Doherty ranked No. 71 in last year’s World Cup standings. This season, he’s No. 27.

Egan will go to her first Olympics at age 31. She made her World Cup debut in 2015 and finished 20th and 22nd in two races at last season’s world championships.

The rest of the U.S. Olympic biathlon team — up to 10 biathletes total — will be determined in January.

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US Biathlon will send its largest team to the Olympics in 22 years.

It named the final five members of the 10-biathlete team Sunday.

Three-time Olympian Lanny Barnes, two-time Olympian Sara Studebaker  and first-time Olympians Russell CurrierSean Doherty and Hannah Dreissigacker join five members who qualified last year.

Of particular note is Doherty, 18, who became the first U.S. biathlete to win three medals at a world championships last year, doing so at the youth/junior worlds.

Doherty is the first teenager to make the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team, according to sports-reference.com.

The U.S. has never won an Olympic biathlon medal. Its best individual Olympic finish is ninth.

Here’s the full U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team:

Men
Lowell Bailey — 2006, 2010 Olympian
Tim Burke — 2006, 2010 Olympian
Russell Currier
Sean Doherty
Leif Nordgren

Women
Lanny Barnes — 2006, 2010 Olympian
Annelies Cook
Hannah Dreissigacker
Susan Dunklee
Sara Studebaker — 2010 Olympian

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