Winter Olympics 2018: Curling Gets Pyeongchang Games Underway As USA Thump Russian Mixed Doubles Team

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We get it, Germany. You're really, really good at women's biathlon. Uschi Disl won nine medals. Kati Wilhelm won seven. Andrea Henkel (now married to U.S. biathlete Tim Burke) won four. They handed things off to Magdalena Neuner, who won two golds and a silver in 2010 and then retired.

Now Laura Dahlmeier has taken the lead and already won two gold medals in these Games to follow up on her ridiculous five-gold, one-silver performance in last year's World Championships.

Oddly enough, the 15-kilometer individual race (6:05 a.m.) has eluded the German women in the last two Games. Wilhelm placed fourth in 2010. In 2014, Dahlmeier was the highest-placed German but only took 13th. This is the most brutal event on the biathlon schedule. It covers the longest distance and also punishes missed shots not with a short ski loop but a full one-minute penalty.

The USA has still never won a biathlon medal in the Olympics. All eyes will once again be on Susan Dunklee, who was sixth in the event (and second in the pursuit) in last year's World Championships.

She had a rough start to the Olympics by missing four of five shots in the standing phase of the sprint. She lost out on the top-60 finish required to advance to the pursuit. But as teammate Lowell Bailey showed in the same World Championships, anything's possible when you have good ski speed and can shoot cleanly in this event.

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