Dunklees Set for Olympic Adventure

BARTON–"Skiing has been a part of her soul since before she could walk."Those were the words Judy Robatille-Dunklee used to describe her daughter, United States Olympic Biathlete Susan Dunklee's passion for her sport.Now of course the Biathlon combines both skiing and target shooting, and we will get to the shooting part later, but the first part, skiing, has long been a tradition in the Dunklee household.Susan's father Stanley Dunklee is a two-time Olympian who was a member of the United States Cross Country Team for the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria and the 1980 Games in Lake Placid, New York.On a sunny Saturday afternoon last week, I made my way down to the Dunklee family home in Barton to meet with Stan and Judy and talk about their daughter's selection to the U.S. Biathalon team, her history with a sport and a lot more.They introduced me to a whole new world of sport that had been, up to this point in my life, unknown.The three of us spoke for over an hour about Susan, skiing, Europe, sports, etc.., and at the end of our meeting, when I was getting ready to pack up and make my way home for dinner with my family, Stan told me I had an "Olympic-sized challenge" to try to relay the wonderful conversation that we had to our readers.While I can not give you a word-for-word of account of what we said around the table just off of the kitchen, I will tell you a little bit about Susan Dunklee, who come this February, will done the red white and blue to represent the United States of America at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.For the full story, see the Express on 1-24-14.