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Three Dartmouth alumni—Susan Dunklee ’08, Emily Dreissigacker ’11, and Max Durtschi ’15—are representing the United States at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Oestersund, Sweden. Read more about the team and the upcoming competition, which runs March 7 through 17.
Last year Dartmouth Alumni caught up with Durtschi, a Ketchum, Idaho, native, about his love of sport. Durtschi developed his athletic strengths and scientific curiosities while exploring the Rocky Mountains. Before graduating from high school, he had signed his first professional contract as a cyclist, racing across the world as he balanced his professional cycling career with his academic career. At Dartmouth, Max began to rekindle his love of winter sport. Within a year of trying biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, he was named to U.S. Biathlon’s National Development program and earned a full-time residency at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY.
How did Dartmouth help prepare you for the intense world of competitive sports?
Dartmouth provides a welcome departure from the sporting world. The professors, deans, and students challenge me to engage intellectually, which is really refreshing. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to participate in both academics and athletics. Each challenge me in a different way and complement each other well. Dartmouth is a special institution, filled with mentors who have consistently encouraged me to pursue all of my goals. I can’t express how grateful I am for their flexibility and guidance as I have navigated my academic and athletic careers!