Cape Elizabeth native Clare Egan will compete in her first event Saturday morning as a member of the U.S. biathlon team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Egan, 30, will take part in the 7.5-kilometer sprint – which involves five prone shots and five standing, with each missed target requiring a penalty loop – at 6:15 a.m. It can be viewed via live stream at nbcolympics.com/biathlon.

Biathlon is the only Winter Olympic sport in which the United States has never won a medal. Egan will compete in at least two – and up to four – individual events as well as two relays during the PyeongChang Games in South Korea. She is ranked 78th in the world among women’s biathletes.

In biathlon, competitors ski through the woods with a .22-caliber rifle strapped to their back. At measured intervals, they glide into a shooting range and attempt to hit five targets from either prone or standing position. Missed shots mean penalties, in either time or added distance.

Laura Dahlmeier of Germany is a favorite to compete for the gold. Dahlmeier had a strong world championships last year, winning gold in five events and silver in the sprint.

Susan Dunklee may give the U.S. its best chance at a medal in the event. Last year, she won a silver medal in the 7.5K sprint at the World Championships and finished the season ranked 10th overall. Currently ranked 39th, Dunklee was the highest-finishing American woman in the biathlon sprint at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, hitting nine of 10 targets to come in 14th, 41.5 seconds behind clean-shooting winner Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia.

Click here for our complete coverage of the PyeongChang Games.

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