Susan Dunklee is the daughter of two-time U.S. Olympic cross-country skier Stan Dunklee. Susan was introduced to skiing by the time she was 2 years old. Although she learned to ski at a young age, she would be 22 when she first looked down the sight of a biathlon rifle. With 17 years experience in cross-country ski racing, Dunklee was shooting at an elite level after just six years training, making her first U.S. Olympic Team in 2014.
At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Dunklee's best individual finish came in the mass start, when she crossed the line in 11th place. She would also help the U.S. women to a 7th place finish in the relay and 8th place in the mixed relay team event.
The 2016-17 biathlon season is the best on record for U.S. biathletes, and Dunklee was integral to the team’s success. In the third stop on tour, Dunklee put herself on the podium for bronze in the 7.5km sprint event. Two months later, at the 2017 World Championships, she won silver in the 12.5km Mass Start, just three days after teammate Lowell Bailey became the first ever biathlon world champion for the U.S. In the penultimate World Cup event of 2017, Dunklee teamed with Bailey for the single mixed relay event (a race not featured at the Olympic Games), where the duo grabbed silver.
Getting to know Susan Dunklee
Has a degree in ecology from Dartmouth College
In 2016, bought her first house in Craftsbury, Vermont, with a yard full of blueberry bushes
Became a fan of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson after her first year of fantasy football