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SOCHI-Susan Dunklee made her Olympic Debut Sunday morning, and did herself proud! Her first race was the Womenâ€™s 7.5km Sprint where she placed 14th, the highest finish for any American competing in the event.
Dunklee got off to a good start Sunday, as she was in 17th for the 1st lap and 18th on the 2nd.
Unfortunately, on the 3rd lap she missed her last shot resulting in a penalty lap that cost her an additional 23 seconds.
Her finishing time was 21 min. 48.3 sec., 41.3 sec. behind leader.
Dunklee said she felt like she had that last shot, but that she thought about it just a little too much.
â€śYou play the what-if game, and itâ€™s a very small fraction of a second that can make or break that moment,â€ť Dunklee told reporters after the race.
Her 14th place standing will be her starting position in Tuesdayâ€™s race
Ida Sargent has yet to race but she did participate in the Parade of Nations on Friday. According to her blog, â€śI still have not found the words to describe the how unbelievable it was.â€ť She explains the unbelievable excitement from the crowd and the athletes â€“ a one of a kind experience that doesnâ€™t translate on a television screen.
â€śThe 2014 Games are less than 48 hours old but it has already been an indescribable experience,â€ť Sargent wrote.
Dunklee did not participate in the parade as she was preparing for Sundayâ€™s race. Dunklee will race again on Tuesday in the Womenâ€™s 10km Pursuit. Sargent is set to make her Olympic debut on Tuesday in the Cross Country Freestyle Sprint.