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This week, Are, Sweden, is playing host to the alpine skiing World Junior Championships as part of their preparations for the 2019 World Championships. The best junior ski racers from around the world have descended on this Scandinavian venue to take their shot at a title.

Among them are Alice Merryweather and Sam Morse from the United States, who dominated the competition on day one to win the women’s and men’s downhill races.

In the ladies’ race, Merryweather won with a total time of 1:25.27, only a slim 0.02 second margin over Katja Grossman of Switzerland. World Cup regular Kira Weidle of Germany rounded out the podium in third, 0.43 seconds off the American’s pace. Merryweather is the first U.S. woman to win the Junior World Championship downhill title since Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso in 2002.

“It’s crazy,” Merryweather said. “This is my fourth time at Junior Worlds, and I watched girls go up on the podium the past three years, and I always wanted to be that person and hear the national anthem. It’s pretty unreal to actually be that person.”

Merryweather, a Stratton Mountain School alumnae, has had a strong season so far, particularly on the NorAm circuit where she leads the downhill standings.

“I had some strong finishes in the Europa Cups that I did in January in downhill,” she explained. “That and the NorAms, especially in Copper, definitely gave me confidence coming into this.”

The next best American woman was Galena Wardle in 16th. Behind her was Nina O’Brien in 24th while Rachael Desrochers and Maureen Lebel finished in 35th and 36th, respectively. Patricia Mangan was disqualified.

17190486_1794051144246960_2528111047012174710_nOn the men’s side, Morse made an impressive jump from bib 30 to win the race with a total time of 1:23.34, snatching the Junior World Champion title from his teammate Erik Arvidsson, who won last year. Italian athlete Alexander Prast came in 0.38 seconds behind him to take second place while Austria’s Raphael Haaser made a huge leap from bib 5o to land in third place, 0.50 seconds off the pace.

“To have this success early on takes the weight off my shoulders for the upcoming competitions,” Morse said. “I have been working hard towards this and it now pays off. Overall, it was a great day for the U.S. team. It seems we really show up for big race days. In training, we are a bit remote, but on race days we are ready to roll.”

Morse, a Carrabassett Valley Academy alumnus, came into this race in fourth in the NorAm downhill standings and 17th in the overall standings. This is his first win in any FIS race this season, so he certainly knows how to turn up the speed when it counts.

The U.S. Ski Team’s River Radamus was just under a second behind Morse, coming in 10th place. George Steffey finished the day in 23rd while Florian Szwebel came in 64th. Arvidsson did not finish.

Junior World Championship racing continues with the men’s and women’s super-G races on Thursday.


Official Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  18  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  1:25.27  15.00
 2  8  516462 GROSSMANN Katja 1997 SUI  1:25.29  +0.02  15.29
 3  9  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:25.70  +0.43  21.30
 4  17  506701 HOERNBLAD Lisa 1996 SWE  1:25.82  +0.55  23.06
 5  14  56328 ORTLIEB Nina 1996 AUT  1:25.88  +0.61  23.94
 6  13  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA  1:25.93  +0.66  24.68
 7  15  206652 PFISTER Meike 1996 GER  1:25.98  +0.71  25.41
 8  16  56417 FEST Nadine 1998 AUT  1:26.02  +0.75  25.99
 9  1  506718 IVARSSON Lin 1996 SWE  1:26.16  +0.89  28.05
 10  12  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin 1996 NOR  1:26.18  +0.91  28.34
 11  6  299383 MELESI Roberta 1996 ITA  1:26.59  +1.32  34.35
 12  3  426257 LIE Kajsa Vickhoff 1998 NOR  1:26.75  +1.48  36.70
 13  7  299630 DELAGO Nadia 1997 ITA  1:26.97  +1.70  39.92
 14  42  56392 GRITSCH Franziska 1997 AUT  1:26.98  +1.71  40.07
 15  33  485941 PLESHKOVA Iulija 1997 RUS  1:27.00  +1.73  40.36
 16  31  6535930 WARDLE Galena 1998 USA  1:27.03  +1.76  40.80
 17  11  56336 DENGSCHERZ Dajana 1996 AUT  1:27.13  +1.86  42.27
 18  10  299624 PIROVANO Laura 1997 ITA  1:27.17  +1.90  42.85
 19  23  506890 AXELSSON Fanny 1998 SWE  1:27.24  +1.97  43.88
 20  5  426248 EDSETH Marte Berg 1998 NOR  1:27.26  +1.99  44.17
 21  22  426193 STJERNESUND Thea Louise 1996 NOR  1:27.27  +2.00  44.32
 22  24  197861 PASLIER Esther 1997 FRA  1:27.36  +2.09  45.64
 23  2  25194 PALLAS Carmina 1996 AND  1:27.38  +2.11  45.93
 24  25  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA  1:27.45  +2.18  46.96
 25  30  516521 KOLLY Noemie 1998 SUI  1:27.47  +2.20  47.25
 26  41  506933 DANNEWITZ Ida 1999 SWE  1:27.50  +2.23  47.69
 27  19  198029 SMADJA CLEMENT Karen 1999 FRA  1:27.56  +2.29  48.57
 28  21  197924 CHIRAT Madeleine 1998 FRA  1:27.85  +2.58  52.82
 29  32  198037 ERRARD Anouck 1999 FRA  1:27.90  +2.63  53.55
 30  27  107697 FLECKENSTEIN Stefanie 1997 CAN  1:27.91  +2.64  53.70
 31  20  206759 HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin 1998 GER  1:27.98  +2.71  54.73
 32  35  65117 VANREUSEL Kim 1998 BEL  1:28.05  +2.78  55.75
 33  26  299892 PIZZATO Sofia 1998 ITA  1:28.10  +2.83  56.49
 34  43  705462 MORAVCIKOVA Sona 1999 SVK  1:28.52  +3.25  62.64
 35  37  6535882 DESROCHERS Rachael 1997 USA  1:28.54  +3.27  62.94
 36  4  6535942 LEBEL Maureen 1998 USA  1:28.80  +3.53  66.75
 37  48  485973 SILANTEVA Anastasiia 1998 RUS  1:29.13  +3.86  71.58
 38  34  715171 MUZAFERIJA Elvedina 1999 BIH  1:29.28  +4.01  73.78
 39  44  25210 MORENO BECERRA Cande 2000 AND  1:29.47  +4.20  76.57
 40  36  45398 PARKER Kathryn 1998 AUS  1:29.57  +4.30  78.04
 41  39  496284 ESTEVE Anna 1997 ESP  1:29.99  +4.72  84.19
 42  45  415219 BUSHELL Georgia 1999 NZL  1:30.14  +4.87  86.39
 43  40  435371 WASEK Katarzyna 1996 POL  1:30.33  +5.06  89.18
 44  46  35243 VALLE Abril Iriel 1999 ARG  1:31.39  +6.12  104.72
 45  47  415227 GILLARD Amelia 2000 NZL  1:31.45  +6.18  105.59
 46  49  565484 OTONICAR Ziva 1999 SLO  1:31.90  +6.63  112.19
 47  38  35222 BARUZZI FARRIOL Francesca 1998 ARG  1:32.00  +6.73  113.66
Disqualified 1st run
 28  6535765 MANGAN Patricia 1997 USA
Did not finish 1st run
 29  107695 WEARMOUTH Antonia 1997 CAN

Official Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  30  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  1:23.34  17.25
 2  25  6292181 PRAST Alexander 1996 ITA  1:23.72  +0.38  22.95
 3  50  54445 HAASER Raphael 1997 AUT  1:23.84  +0.50  24.75
 4  22  104531 CRAWFORD James 1997 CAN  1:23.95  +0.61  26.40
 5  7  512162 GAEMPERLE Marco 1996 SUI  1:24.01  +0.67  27.30
 6  43  502207 PLATTER Filip 1997 SWE  1:24.14  +0.80  29.25
 7  8  502210 MONSEN Zack 1997 SWE  1:24.21  +0.87  30.30
 8  33  502230 SUNDIN Olle 1997 SWE  1:24.23  +0.89  30.60
 9  28  561344 FLORJANCIC Ven 1996 SLO  1:24.24  +0.90  30.75
 10  19  6532084 RADAMUS River 1998 USA  1:24.28  +0.94  31.35
 11  13  6190176 BAILET Matthieu 1996 FRA  1:24.35  +1.01  32.40
 12  21  104468 READ Jeffrey 1997 CAN  1:24.41  +1.07  33.30
 13  36  54346 HACKER Pirmin 1996 AUT  1:24.45  +1.11  33.90
 14  5  6190213 ARNAUD Baptiste 1996 FRA  1:24.58  +1.24  35.85
 15  14  512182 MEILLARD Loic 1996 SUI  1:24.60  +1.26  36.15
 16  11  54371 BABINSKY Stefan 1996 AUT  1:24.74  +1.40  38.25
 17  26  151238 ZABYSTRAN Jan 1998 CZE  1:24.77  +1.43  38.70
 18  38  422676 FOSSLAND Markus Nordgaard 1999 NOR  1:24.85  +1.51  39.90
 19  45  422546 LINDSTOEL Joachim Jagge 1997 NOR  1:24.86  +1.52  40.05
 20  31  54340 LAHNSTEINER Maximilian 1996 AUT  1:24.89  +1.55  40.50
 21  34  512274 BISSIG Semyel 1998 SUI  1:24.91  +1.57  40.80
 22  1  6190488 KLUFTS Evan 1997 FRA  1:24.95  +1.61  41.40
 23  47  6531963 STEFFEY George 1997 USA  1:25.15  +1.81  44.40
 24  10  151215 FOREJTEK Filip 1997 CZE  1:25.20  +1.86  45.15
 25  29  40621 MUHLEN-SCHULTE Louis 1998 AUS  1:25.22  +1.88  45.45
 25  18  481730 KUZNETSOV Ivan 1996 RUS  1:25.22  +1.88  45.45
 27  17  6292783 MOLTENI Nicolo 1998 ITA  1:25.25  +1.91  45.90
 28  20  54481 TRANINGER Manuel 1998 AUT  1:25.26  +1.92  46.05
 28  6  104529 MULLIGAN Sam 1997 CAN  1:25.26  +1.92  46.05
 30  55  512234 FISCHBACHER Marco 1997 SUI  1:25.33  +1.99  47.10
 31  49  422558 SANDERBERG Olav Engelhardt 1997 NOR  1:25.42  +2.08  48.45
 32  39  492063 ETXEZARRETA Adur 1996 ESP  1:25.46  +2.12  49.05
 33  3  6190459 ALPHAND Sam 1997 FRA  1:25.53  +2.19  50.10
 34  12  512281 ROESTI Lars 1998 SUI  1:25.57  +2.23  50.70
 35  58  422461 SOLHEIM Aage 1996 NOR  1:25.67  +2.33  52.20
 36  48  202926 SCHRAMM Jacob 1999 GER  1:25.75  +2.41  53.40
 37  61  180820 MANKINEN Miikka 1997 FIN  1:25.83  +2.49  54.60
 38  2  561329 SENCAR Dusan 1996 SLO  1:25.90  +2.56  55.65
 39  53  170159 VORRE Marcus 1998 DEN  1:25.95  +2.61  56.40
 40  40  481845 SVITKOV Gennadiy 1997 RUS  1:26.01  +2.67  57.30
 41  4  104539 SEGER Riley 1997 CAN  1:26.05  +2.71  57.90
 42  46  202762 JOCHER Simon 1996 GER  1:26.10  +2.76  58.65
 43  54  700941 KATRENIC Henrich 1998 SVK  1:26.13  +2.79  59.10
 44  15  104537 ALEXANDER Cameron 1997 CAN  1:26.19  +2.85  60.00
 45  66  180791 MUSTALAHTI Jaakko 1996 FIN  1:26.25  +2.91  60.90
 46  63  561360 KRALJ Zan 1997 SLO  1:26.30  +2.96  61.65
 47  23  104488 FOURNIER Simon 1997 CAN  1:26.38  +3.04  62.85
 48  35  20413 VARGAS BOURGUET Matias 1996 AND  1:26.41  +3.07  63.30
 49  44  151203 BENC Patrik 1997 CZE  1:26.65  +3.31  66.90
 50  41  151154 SKOREPA Jan 1996 CZE  1:26.69  +3.35  67.50
 51  52  110409 HORWITZ Kai 1998 CHI  1:27.00  +3.66  72.15
 52  16  6292503 SIMONI Federico 1997 ITA  1:27.05  +3.71  72.90
 52  9  6190179 ALPHAND Nils 1996 FRA  1:27.05  +3.71  72.90
 54  37  110383 VON APPEN Sven 1997 CHI  1:27.09  +3.75  73.50
 55  65  430783 HABDAS Piotr 1998 POL  1:27.10  +3.76  73.65
 56  51  6190197 FALGOUX Remy 1996 FRA  1:27.14  +3.80  74.25
 57  57  561364 SPILAR Zan 1997 SLO  1:27.31  +3.97  76.80
 58  64  180786 BACK Robin 1996 FIN  1:27.46  +4.12  79.05
 59  59  492197 GARAY Aingeru 1998 ESP  1:27.80  +4.46  84.14
 60  62  390041 LUIK Juhan 1997 EST  1:28.00  +4.66  87.14
 61  71  180780 TAKKI Teddy 1996 FIN  1:28.04  +4.70  87.74
 62  60  492192 ORTEGA Albert 1998 ESP  1:28.15  +4.81  89.39
 63  70  561368 DVORNIK Jaka 1997 SLO  1:28.40  +5.06  93.14
 64  24  6531726 SZWEBEL Florian 1996 USA  1:29.11  +5.77  103.79
 65  73  430802 PYJAS Pawel 1999 POL  1:29.41  +6.07  108.29
 66  69  60273 LAHAYE Eric 1999 BEL  1:29.46  +6.12  109.04
 67  68  690753 KARPUSHYN Mykhailo 1998 UKR  1:31.55  +8.21  140.39
 68  72  690737 TSIBELENKO Levko 1996 UKR  1:32.77  +9.43  158.69
Did not finish 1st run
 67  180840 MAKELA Eetu 1998 FIN
 56  502340 HAGBERG Johan 1999 SWE
 42  422507 HAUGAN Timon 1996 NOR
 32  151237 KLINSKY Tomas 1998 CZE
 27  6531444 ARVIDSSON Erik 1996 USA

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