PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — This is what it’s like when you work so hard and you dream so big and it’s just not your night.
The United States has never won an Olympic medal in biathlon, the ski-and-shoot sport. Susan Dunklee won a silver last year at the world championships in Hochfilzen, Austria. Thus hopes were high that she might deliver Saturday night in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint.
It was not to be. To be a contender in biathlon, you not only have to ski fast, you have to shoot well. The 7.5 km event involves 10 shots, five from a prone position, five standing up. Dunklee missed one of the first five, from the prone position, then — inexplicably — four of the final five.
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