Joanne Reid, the 2013 NCAA freestyle champion for the University of Colorado ski team, was named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic team in the sport of biathlon as announced Thursday by U.S. Biathlon.
Reid becomes the 35th CU ski team member to make it to the Olympics. She is one of five female biathletes named to Team USA for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in February.
Reid, Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.), all first-time Olympians, will join Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) on the U.S. team for next month's Olympic Winter Games.
In her days as a Buff, Reid won 11 races from 2010-13, which ranks in a tie for the seventh-most wins by any Buff, regardless of discipline, in school history. Her nine victories in her magical 2013 senior campaign are the third-most ever in a single-season, and she capped off that winter by winning the 15K freestyle race at the NCAA Championships to help the Buffs win what was then the 19th national title in school history.
This winter, U.S. biathletes will be seeking the country's first Olympic medal in the sport. The PyeongChang Games kick off in South Korea on Feb. 9 and will conclude Feb. 25. Biathlon will be contested February 10-23, and competition will be held at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.
Final selections to the 2018 U.S. Olympic team are subject to U.S. Olympic Committee approval; the full team will be announced at the end of January.