Four Canadians qualified for Monday's 10-kilometre women's biathlon pursuit race, thanks to their results in the sports' opening event Saturday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. She finished two minutes and 45 seconds behind the gold medal victor, Laura Dahlmeier of Germany.
Instead, Dunklee placed 66th out of the 87 entrants with a time of 24 minutes, 13.1 seconds, which was 3:06.9 behind gold medalist Laura Dahlmeier of Germany at the Alpensia Alpine Centre. Dunklee missed one of the first five, from the prone position, then - inexplicably - four of the final five.
But she said it wasn't easy. And then the sprint, pursuit and individual race, along with world cup rankings, determine who will be in the mass start.
Veronika Vítková of the Czech Republic did enough for the bronze medal to join Olsbu in winning her first major worldwide individual medal.
She competed in Sochi in 2014. Just two years later, she was named to the U.S. team.
The German biathlete hit all five of the silver dollar-sized targets, then tossed the gun on her back and strode off on her skis against the backdrop of a night sky.
But as the race progressed, she watched her name slip down the scoreboard as the other athletes finished.
Although Dreissigacker was pleased with her performance, it had a bittersweet taste.
"At the end points of the range there's not as much wind", Reid said.
The other Americans: Emily Dreissigacker finished 51st; Clare Egan, 61st; Joanne Reid Firesteel, 86th.
Dunklee, who won gold and silver at the world championships a year ago to put herself in position to contend for an Olympic medal, missed five targets and finished a distant 66th. I think on prone I definitely got kind of lucky and the wind was about the same as what I zeroed in.
Reid was cheerful despite a bad night in which she had more misses than anyone else - seven - and a time of 26:18. "In standing, I could feel the wind pushing my barrel around a little bit, but it wasn't anything insane".
"It's going to be a challenge", Dahlmeier said of the conditions, "but it's the same for everyone". There should be more of that to come as the Olympics continue.
The only USA woman to qualify for Monday's pursuit was another Olympic rookie, Emily Dreissigacker of Vermont, who finished 51st with a single missed target, 2:21.0 off the pace.