Just days after the World Economic Forum cleared out of Davos, Switzerland, the best junior athletes in the world swept in for the 2018 Junior World Championships. On Jan. 30, the women kicked off the series with the giant slalom. The field consisted of World Cup athletes like Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat who just earned her first World Cup podium result as well as skiers from lesser known countries such as Sabrina Simader, who will be Kenya’s first alpine skiing athlete at the Olympic Winter Games next month.

Despite the blue skies and solid snow conditions, it was not an easy race. The course set kicked out first-run leader Camille Rast just a few gates away from the second run finish line. Ultimately, Austrian Julia Scheib came out on top, claiming the Junior World Championship title with a combined time 1:39.66. Teammate and World Cup skier Katharina Liensberger skied into second place, 0.13 seconds back.

Finland’s Riikka Honkanen rounded out the podium in third place, 0.94 seconds off the winning pace. The Finnish skier is no stranger to this event or the podium. This is her fourth appearance at Junior Worlds and her second medal after earning second place in the 2016 giant slalom in Sochi.

The North Americans were led by AJ Hurt of the U.S. Ski Team’s National Training Group. She earned eighth place in her first Junior World Championship race, 1.75 seconds off of the leader. The young gun from Squaw Valley has been on the rise, winning her first NorAm races earlier this season and making her World Cup debut. 

“I thought my first run was okay,” Hurt said. “I was a little hesitant down the main part of the pitch, so I was sliding a lot. I was definitely going for it, which I was happy about. Then second run, I was definitely sending it more and felt a lot more confident.”

Hurt’s teammates also had some solid performances as U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Development Director Chip Knight reiterated.

“AJ had a great race today, finishing in the top-10 against a strong junior field,” Knight shared. “The GS hill in Davos is short, but challenging, starting on a narrow ridge with some sharp terrain and then breaking over a pitch before a flat run-out to the finish. The athletes had to attack the top with skilled skiing and then carry their speed to the finish. AJ executed well with two solid runs. Nina also had a good race, unfortunately just missing the top-10 in 11th. She and the other athletes are fired up for tomorrow’s SL.”

American Nina O’Brien finished 11th while Keely Cashman and Abi Jewett finished 30th and 35th, respectively. Katie Hensien took 51st while Patricia Mangan did not finish.

While the women raced GS, the men were in the midst of downhill training run. They race downhill tomorrow while the ladies compete in slalom. The races are being live streamed on Davos2018.ch for those who want to watch.


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  8  56416 SCHEIB Julia 1998 AUT  51.32  48.34  1:39.66  6.00
 2  5  56388 LIENSBERGER Katharina 1997 AUT  51.26  48.53  1:39.79  +0.13  7.28
 3  10  185430 HONKANEN Riikka 1998 FIN  52.01  48.59  1:40.60  +0.94  15.24
 4  11  516504 DANIOTH Aline 1998 SUI  52.32  48.43  1:40.75  +1.09  16.72
 5  18  426324 MONSEN Marte 2000 NOR  52.53  48.55  1:41.08  +1.42  19.96
 6  9  426248 EDSETH Marte Berg 1998 NOR  52.56  48.53  1:41.09  +1.43  20.06
 7  7  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO  53.11  48.07  1:41.18  +1.52  20.95
 8  6  6536392 HURT A J 2000 USA  52.83  48.58  1:41.41  +1.75  23.21
 9  22  198016 ESCANE Doriane 1999 FRA  52.92  48.68  1:41.60  +1.94  25.08
 10  15  56392 GRITSCH Franziska 1997 AUT  52.90  48.83  1:41.73  +2.07  26.36
 11  12  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA  52.92  48.94  1:41.86  +2.20  27.63
 12  45  185475 PYKALAINEN Erika 2001 FIN  53.89  48.12  1:42.01  +2.35  29.11
 13  34  197860 ROUX Tifany 1997 FRA  53.26  48.96  1:42.22  +2.56  31.17
 14  29  506867 HAAKANSSON FERMBAECK Elsa 1998 SWE  53.72  48.62  1:42.34  +2.68  32.35
 15  17  6295334 SANDULLI Elena 2000 ITA  53.68  48.74  1:42.42  +2.76  33.14
 16  30  507018 RASK Sara 2000 SWE  53.98  48.58  1:42.56  +2.90  34.52
 17  44  198029 SMADJA CLEMENT Karen 1999 FRA  53.17  49.62  1:42.79  +3.13  36.78
 18  25  485973 SILANTEVA Anastasiia 1998 RUS  53.70  49.10  1:42.80  +3.14  36.88
 19  13  307704 ARAI Mio 1997 JPN  54.02  48.96  1:42.98  +3.32  38.65
 20  28  426273 SAETHERENG Hannah 1999 NOR  54.39  48.89  1:43.28  +3.62  41.60
 21  43  206837 FLOETGEN Leonie 2000 GER  54.10  49.25  1:43.35  +3.69  42.29
 22  39  56471 NIEDERWIESER Michelle 1999 AUT  54.48  48.93  1:43.41  +3.75  42.88
 23  26  197850 GRILLET AUBERT Jade 1997 FRA  54.00  49.56  1:43.56  +3.90  44.35
 24  32  6295075 DELLA MEA Lara 1999 ITA  54.45  49.80  1:44.25  +4.59  51.14
 25  21  206759 HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin 1998 GER  54.43  49.91  1:44.34  +4.68  52.02
 26  56  299939 LORENZI Lucrezia 1998 ITA  54.60  50.07  1:44.67  +5.01  55.27
 27  47  299589 GIUNTI Marta 1997 ITA  54.99  49.74  1:44.73  +5.07  55.86
 28  59  56509 GRILL Lisa 2000 AUT  54.59  50.21  1:44.80  +5.14  56.54
 29  24  426303 NORBYE Kaja 1999 NOR  54.61  50.34  1:44.95  +5.29  58.02
 30  40  6536213 CASHMAN Keely 1999 USA  55.27  49.79  1:45.06  +5.40  59.10
 31  35  107682 CURRIE Stephanie 1997 CAN  55.31  50.38  1:45.69  +6.03  65.30
 32  36  565491 DVORNIK Neja 2001 SLO  54.86  50.84  1:45.70  +6.04  65.39
 33  53  385106 STIMAC Ida 2000 CRO  55.79  50.07  1:45.86  +6.20  66.97
 34  50  506966 FREDRICSSON Evelina 1999 SWE  55.04  50.92  1:45.96  +6.30  67.95
 35  23  6536417 JEWETT Abi 2000 USA  55.15  50.93  1:46.08  +6.42  69.13
 36  48  516560 LINGG Charlotte 1999 SUI  55.71  50.45  1:46.16  +6.50  69.92
 37  52  705460 JANCOVA Tereza 1999 SVK  55.35  50.90  1:46.25  +6.59  70.80
 38  2  516562 RAST Camille 1999 SUI  50.94  55.37  1:46.31  +6.65  71.39
 39  41  65117 VANREUSEL Kim 1998 BEL  55.43  51.02  1:46.45  +6.79  72.77
 40  67  435404 KRAJEWSKA Daria 1998 POL  56.02  50.68  1:46.70  +7.04  75.23
 41  38  35222 BARUZZI FARRIOL Francesca 1998 ARG  55.98  51.44  1:47.42  +7.76  82.31
 42  68  705469 NEMCOVA Klaudia 2000 SVK  55.77  51.70  1:47.47  +7.81  82.80
 43  69  225709 BRUCE Abi 2000 GBR  56.01  51.56  1:47.57  +7.91  83.78
 44  66  485941 PLESHKOVA Iulija 1997 RUS  55.76  52.00  1:47.76  +8.10  85.65
 45  63  565493 CIGLIC Zana 2001 SLO  56.47  51.49  1:47.96  +8.30  87.62
 46  82  95148 ZADNEPROVSKA Gergana 2000 BUL  56.47  51.92  1:48.39  +8.73  91.85
 47  71  506933 DANNEWITZ Ida 1999 SWE  57.08  51.51  1:48.59  +8.93  93.81
 48  65  486065 MATVEEVA Sofia 2000 RUS  55.58  53.15  1:48.73  +9.07  95.19
 49  62  307947 TOMII Yukina 1999 JPN  56.45  52.51  1:48.96  +9.30  97.45
 50  83  255406 FRIDGEIRSDOTTIR Holmfridur Dora 1998 ISL  56.53  52.48  1:49.01  +9.35  97.94
 51  58  6536171 HENSIEN Katie 1999 USA  58.05  51.48  1:49.53  +9.87  103.06
 52  77  945000 CLERC Mialitiana 2001 MAD  57.69  52.67  1:50.36  +10.70  111.22
 53  61  486029 KROKHINA Sofia 1999 RUS  57.70  52.91  1:50.61  +10.95  113.68
 54  64  486036 SHERINA Natalia 1999 RUS  57.72  53.02  1:50.74  +11.08  114.95
 55  86  95155 VUKADINOVA Eva 2001 BUL  58.20  53.72  1:51.92  +12.26  126.56
 56  85  255426 FINNBOGADOTTIR Maria 2000 ISL  58.96  54.30  1:53.26  +13.60  139.73
 57  95  235347 TSIOVOLOU Maria-Eleni 2001 GRE  59.42  54.68  1:54.10  +14.44  147.99
 58  97  245081 JUNIA Brigitta 2001 HUN  1:00.89  54.48  1:55.37  +15.71  160.48
 59  89  255427 FRIDGEIRSDOTTIR Harpa Maria 2000 ISL  1:00.50  55.02  1:55.52  +15.86  161.96
 60  93  695134 MAKOVETSKA Yuliia 2001 UKR  1:01.20  55.50  1:56.70  +17.04  173.56
 61  94  275044 MURPHY Elle 2001 IRL  1:01.90  55.69  1:57.59  +17.93  182.31
 62  91  245076 MAROTY Mariann Mimi 1998 HUN  1:04.68  57.91  2:02.59  +22.93  231.48
 63  101  345163 LAYOUN Sarah 2000 LBN  1:05.89  1:00.43  2:06.32  +26.66  268.16
 64  100  345141 ISKANDAR Carlie Maria 1999 LBN  1:07.06  1:01.54  2:08.60  +28.94  290.58
 65  102  345172 ZEIDAN Sara 2001 LBN  1:08.59  1:02.99  2:11.58  +31.92  319.88
Did not finish 2nd run
 80  65126 ROGGEMAN Sara 2001 BEL
 78  45411 TOMKINSON Lily 1997 AUS
 57  516552 ZELGER Lorina 1999 SUI
 55  506860 LUTHMAN Jonna 1998 SWE
 46  385101 ZBASNIK Lana 1999 CRO
 37  486028 GORNOSTAEVA Anastasia 1999 RUS
 27  565463 SLOKAR Andreja 1997 SLO
 20  516517 JENAL Stephanie 1998 SUI
 19  107878 VILANOVA Marina 1999 CAN
 16  206751 MUTSCHLECHNER Julia 1997 GER
 4  415232 ROBINSON Alice 2001 NZL
Disqualified 2nd run
 79  6000000 SIMADER Sabrina 1998 KEN
 14  705462 MORAVCIKOVA Sona 1999 SVK
Did not start 2nd run
 42  206831 BRAND Nora 2000 GER
Did not finish 1st run
 99  345157 OUAISS Manon 2000 LBN
 98  245083 DORULTAN Katalin 2001 HUN
 96  465114 TRIFU Lea Alessandra 2000 ROU
 90  245080 HOZMANN Szonja 2001 HUN
 88  255416 DAGBJARTSDOTTIR Katla Bjorg 1999 ISL
 84  155962 SOMMEROVA Elese 2001 CZE
 81  65130 DE LEEUW Julie 2001 BEL
 76  415227 GILLARD Amelia 2000 NZL
 75  435432 LUCZAK Magdalena 2001 POL
 74  225733 PALLA Victoria 2001 GBR
 73  25210 MORENO BECERRA Cande 2000 AND
 72  225641 CLISSOLD Honor 1997 GBR
 60  506965 HENNING Emelie 1999 SWE
 54  225659 ANDERSON Jessica 1998 GBR
 51  426257 LIE Kajsa Vickhoff 1998 NOR
 49  299632 INSAM Vivien 1997 ITA
 33  516521 KOLLY Noemie 1998 SUI
 31  107697 FLECKENSTEIN Stefanie 1997 CAN
 3  6535765 MANGAN Patricia 1997 USA
 1  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO
Disqualified 1st run
 70  415213 WILLINGER Georgia 1997 NZL
Did not start 1st run
 92  435437 SAWICKA Aniela 2001 POL
 87  65114 KEMPENAERS Elle 1998 BEL
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