Sara Studebaker will make her second trip to the Olympic in Sochi, where she hopes to improve upon her performance from four years earlier. The former collegiate champion at Dartmouth has competed at the last three World Championships and is a regular on the IBU World Cup circuit, where her best performance came in a 14th-place finish in the sprint in Presque Isle, Maine in 2010.
- 2013: World Championships – 11th (relay), 27th (individual), 65th (sprint)
- 2012: World Championships – 11th (relay), 38th (individual), 41st (pursuit), 49th (sprint)
- 2011: World Championships – 13th (relay), 17th (individual), 38th (pursuit), 48th (sprint)
- 2010: Olympics – 17th (relay), 34th (individual), 45th (sprint), 46th (pursuit)
Things to know:
1. Studebaker grew up in Idaho, skiing on the Bogus Basin cross-country skiing team for seven years. In junior high school, she was encouraged to pick up biathlon by former international competitor Eric Reynolds. While in high school, she represented the U.S. at the world summer biathlon championships in Russia, as well as several junior national championships in both biathlon and cross-country skiing.
2. In 2007, Studebaker was a key member of the Dartmouth College ski team that won its first national championship in 31 years. Since biathlon is not a college sport, the nordic team captain did her part in cross-country skiing, posting solid 8th- and 11th-place finishes in two races. After graduating with a degree in government, she and her teammates were invited – along with athletes from 26 other sports – to the White House for a victory ceremony with President George W. Bush.
3. A month before the Olympics, the new U.S. biathlon team uniform was unveiled, and its shade of blue elicited this comment from Studebaker in her blog: “The bright turquoise color has provided us some comic relief, since some of our German staff keep calling it “turkeys” since that’s about how the color is pronounced in German…I for one am enjoying my new ‘turkey’ outfit, but it is a bit bright all together.”