On Monday and Tuesday, the World Junior Championships continued in Davos, Switzerland, with the women’s alpine combined and men’s giant slalom. The home crowd was treated to two more medals for the Swiss team by way of Aline Danoith and Marco Odermatt.

Usually, an alpine combined race starts with a super-G run in the morning followed by a slalom run in the afternoon. For Monday’s race, the organizers changed the order and started with the slalom with hopes that the light conditions would be better for the speed run later in the day.

The slalom slope was in good shape with hard snow and the start pitch was quite steep. After this first run, Danioth was leading over Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat and Norway’s Kaja Norbey.

Nina O’Brien was the top American after the slalom portion in 5th place.

The field moved on to the super-G that afternoon and found a course set that was quite straight right out of the gate. Even though Danioth did not set the fastest super-G run, the young Swiss was able to defend her lead from the slalom run and take the title for Switzerland. Hrovat was also able to hold on to her second place and finished 0.56 seconds back. Austria’s Franziska Gritsch relied on a strong super-G run to finish in third for her third medal of the Championships.

O’Brien was not able to hold on to her 5th place after the super-G run and slid back to ninth place overall. Keely Cashman was the next American finisher in 15th followed by Isabella Wright in 24th. AJ Hurt, Abigail Murer, and Patricia Mangan did not finish.

“I had a few good sections but I got pretty late at the bottom of the course,” O’Brien reflected. “I know I have room to improve, but the top ten result is okay.”

“The women’s combined was challenging because it started with slalom, rather than the usual super-G,” added U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “The long course and hard snow on the tech venue made the attrition level high in the first run. Nina skied a good slalom run but struggled to carry speed in the super-G. The women’s team is looking forward to a few more reps on the speed track in downhill training to really nail the hill for Thursday’s downhill race.”

The men’s GS on Tuesday saw another familiar face stand atop the podium as Swiss racer Marco Odermatt took an unprecedented fifth gold medal of the Championships, besting second-place finisher Fabio Gstrein of Austria by nearly a whole second. Bulgaria’s Albert Popov finished in third.

Odermatt has won every event he had entered at the 2018 Championships, taking downhill, super-G, team event, combined, and GS gold. The 20-year-old has now matched Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen’s record of most career World Junior’s gold medals with six (Odermatt was also the 2016 GS champion).

“This is incredible to me,” Odermatt said. “We have celebrated every medal so far and they just kept coming. I am extremely happy with my results here at Junior Worlds. It is still a big step to World Cup level, so there is lots of work ahead of me.”

Tough course sets combined with challenging snow conditions made for many racers failing to finish both runs.

The top American honors went to George Steffey in ninth followed by Kyle Negomir in 22nd. The rest of the American Contingent of River Radamus, Luke Winters, Andrew Miller, and Jett Seymour all did not finish the first run.

“The men’s GS was a fantastic race today,” said Knight. “The level of skiing was really high, obviously with Marco Odermatt winning by almost a second, but also down the ranks considering the challenging course sets and the hard, variable snow conditions. There are many skilled and gritty young skiers in the field, some moving from bibs in the 70s into the top-30 flip for second run, which is eye-opening compared to the U.S. circuit. George Steffey had a very solid result in ninth, showing he could compete on the big stage.”

Switzerland holds the lead in the medals tabe with 10 — six of which are gold — ahead of Austria’s eight. The United States sits fifth with two. In the fight for the Marc Holder trophy, Switzerland leads with 107 points to Austria’s 99.

Action continues with the men’s slalom on Wednesday, Feb. 7.


Official Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  1  516504 DANIOTH Aline 1998 SUI  51.26  1:12.15  2:03.41  20.77
 2  4  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO  51.54  1:12.43  2:03.97  +0.56  25.99
 3  5  56392 GRITSCH Franziska 1997 AUT  52.96  1:11.61  2:04.57  +1.16  31.58
 4  16  56509 GRILL Lisa 2000 AUT  52.73  1:12.50  2:05.23  +1.82  37.73
 5  2  426257 LIE Kajsa Vickhoff 1998 NOR  53.85  1:11.43  2:05.28  +1.87  38.20
 6  11  206759 HIRTL-STANGGASSINGER Katrin 1998 GER  53.86  1:11.43  2:05.29  +1.88  38.29
 7  21  426303 NORBYE Kaja 1999 NOR  52.28  1:13.16  2:05.44  +2.03  39.69
 8  18  56471 NIEDERWIESER Michelle 1999 AUT  53.99  1:12.48  2:06.47  +3.06  49.28
 9  9  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA  53.64  1:13.04  2:06.68  +3.27  51.24
 10  37  516521 KOLLY Noemie 1998 SUI  54.20  1:12.76  2:06.96  +3.55  53.85
 11  43  516552 ZELGER Lorina 1999 SUI  54.26  1:12.71  2:06.97  +3.56  53.94
 12  26  506933 DANNEWITZ Ida 1999 SWE  54.24  1:14.04  2:08.28  +4.87  66.15
 13  30  485941 PLESHKOVA Iulija 1997 RUS  54.99  1:13.48  2:08.47  +5.06  67.92
 14  28  426273 SAETHERENG Hannah 1999 NOR  56.20  1:12.53  2:08.73  +5.32  70.34
 15  33  6536213 CASHMAN Keely 1999 USA  54.35  1:14.45  2:08.80  +5.39  71.00
 16  12  107697 FLECKENSTEIN Stefanie 1997 CAN  55.43  1:13.45  2:08.88  +5.47  71.74
 17  7  197860 ROUX Tifany 1997 FRA  56.76  1:12.33  2:09.09  +5.68  73.70
 18  20  6295152 RUNGGALDIER Teresa 1999 ITA  56.12  1:13.18  2:09.30  +5.89  75.66
 19  36  705460 JANCOVA Tereza 1999 SVK  55.21  1:14.62  2:09.83  +6.42  80.59
 20  10  198016 ESCANE Doriane 1999 FRA  57.00  1:12.96  2:09.96  +6.55  81.81
 21  31  435432 LUCZAK Magdalena 2001 POL  56.22  1:14.20  2:10.42  +7.01  86.09
 22  17  299630 DELAGO Nadia 1997 ITA  59.29  1:12.03  2:11.32  +7.91  94.48
 23  39  486065 MATVEEVA Sofia 2000 RUS  55.15  1:16.72  2:11.87  +8.46  99.60
 24  34  6535791 WRIGHT Isabella 1997 USA  58.75  1:14.34  2:13.09  +9.68  110.97
 25  29  107878 VILANOVA Marina 1999 CAN  57.99  1:15.81  2:13.80  +10.39  117.59
 26  42  705469 NEMCOVA Klaudia 2000 SVK  57.39  1:16.44  2:13.83  +10.42  117.87
 27  25  197924 CHIRAT Madeleine 1998 FRA  1:00.71  1:13.34  2:14.05  +10.64  119.92
 28  48  6295075 DELLA MEA Lara 1999 ITA  1:04.42  1:13.50  2:17.92  +14.51  155.98
 29  51  235347 TSIOVOLOU Maria-Eleni 2001 GRE  59.68  1:24.07  2:23.75  +20.34  210.31
 30  3  516517 JENAL Stephanie 1998 SUI  1:24.34  1:10.99  2:35.33  +31.92  318.22
Did not finish 2nd run
 27  6536392 HURT A J 2000 USA
Disqualified 2nd run
 23  426236 BEKKESTAD Kristiane 1998 NOR
Did not finish 1st run
 50  275044 MURPHY Elle 2001 IRL
 49  25210 MORENO BECERRA Cande 2000 AND
 47  565493 CIGLIC Zana 2001 SLO
 46  6535868 MURER Abigail 1997 USA
 45  426248 EDSETH Marte Berg 1998 NOR
 41  435404 KRAJEWSKA Daria 1998 POL
 40  415213 WILLINGER Georgia 1997 NZL
 38  56416 SCHEIB Julia 1998 AUT
 35  506860 LUTHMAN Jonna 1998 SWE
 32  35222 BARUZZI FARRIOL Francesca 1998 ARG
 24  565463 SLOKAR Andreja 1997 SLO
 22  516560 LINGG Charlotte 1999 SUI
 19  426324 MONSEN Marte 2000 NOR
 15  197861 PASLIER Esther 1997 FRA
 14  198029 SMADJA CLEMENT Karen 1999 FRA
 13  6535765 MANGAN Patricia 1997 USA
 8  506890 AXELSSON Fanny 1998 SWE
 6  516530 GOOD Nicole 1998 SUI
Disqualified 1st run
 44  486036 SHERINA Natalia 1999 RUS

 


Official Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  3  512269 ODERMATT Marco 1997 SUI  51.62  47.85  1:39.47  6.00
 2  9  54444 GSTREIN Fabio 1997 AUT  51.56  48.88  1:40.44  +0.97  15.56
 3  1  92720 POPOV Albert 1997 BUL  52.04  48.75  1:40.79  +1.32  19.00
 4  18  6293171 VINATZER Alex 1999 ITA  52.40  48.74  1:41.14  +1.67  22.45
 5  35  422670 VOELLO Gustav Rosberg 1999 NOR  52.83  48.59  1:41.42  +1.95  25.21
 6  42  6292404 BLENGINI Alberto 1997 ITA  53.34  48.43  1:41.77  +2.30  28.66
 7  12  54445 HAASER Raphael 1997 AUT  52.90  48.92  1:41.82  +2.35  29.15
 8  17  6190628 ANGUENOT Leo 1998 FRA  52.91  49.09  1:42.00  +2.53  30.93
 9  7  6531963 STEFFEY George 1997 USA  52.91  49.15  1:42.06  +2.59  31.52
 10  27  512273 SPARR Maurus 1998 SUI  52.35  49.97  1:42.32  +2.85  34.08
 11  52  422729 BRAATHEN Lucas 2000 NOR  53.69  48.79  1:42.48  +3.01  35.66
 12  25  54483 OPETNIK Moritz 1998 AUT  53.17  49.35  1:42.52  +3.05  36.05
 13  73  422732 MCGRATH Atle Lie 2000 NOR  53.44  49.40  1:42.84  +3.37  39.20
 14  45  202873 PFOEDERL Nikolaus 1998 GER  53.93  49.01  1:42.94  +3.47  40.19
 15  13  6300464 KOYAMA Yohei 1998 JPN  53.29  49.84  1:43.13  +3.66  42.06
 16  33  6300451 KATO Seigo 1998 JPN  53.52  49.66  1:43.18  +3.71  42.55
 17  81  422572 BRUDEVOLL Bjoern 1997 NOR  53.72  49.71  1:43.43  +3.96  45.01
 18  14  104468 READ Jeffrey 1997 CAN  54.05  49.47  1:43.52  +4.05  45.90
 19  44  512303 BOISSET Arnaud 1998 SUI  53.94  49.69  1:43.63  +4.16  46.99
 20  70  6300673 WAKATSUKI Hayata 1999 JPN  53.89  49.83  1:43.72  +4.25  47.87
 21  43  6190422 COTTINEAU Vito 1997 FRA  53.79  50.12  1:43.91  +4.44  49.74
 22  39  6532123 NEGOMIR Kyle 1998 USA  54.16  49.92  1:44.08  +4.61  51.42
 23  72  561369 RUPNIK Matevz 1997 SLO  54.06  50.18  1:44.24  +4.77  53.00
 24  20  502319 BRAENDHOLM Jesper 1999 SWE  53.13  51.13  1:44.26  +4.79  53.19
 25  48  492197 GARAY Aingeru 1998 ESP  54.07  50.40  1:44.47  +5.00  55.26
 26  41  40621 MUHLEN-SCHULTE Louis 1998 AUS  54.22  50.37  1:44.59  +5.12  56.44
 27  54  180864 TORVINEN Turo 2000 FIN  54.39  50.23  1:44.62  +5.15  56.74
 28  83  6301077 AIHARA Shiro 2001 JPN  54.41  50.57  1:44.98  +5.51  60.29
 29  55  6292401 GORI Francesco 1997 ITA  54.93  50.27  1:45.20  +5.73  62.45
 30  77  561404 BOZIC Borut 2000 SLO  54.46  50.78  1:45.24  +5.77  62.85
 31  68  221318 INNES Iain 1998 GBR  54.33  50.92  1:45.25  +5.78  62.95
 32  53  202883 GRAMMEL Anton 1998 GER  55.00  50.29  1:45.29  +5.82  63.34
 33  82  550086 GEDRA Zaks 1998 LAT  55.08  50.48  1:45.56  +6.09  66.00
 34  32  502417 JONSSON Carl 2000 SWE  55.27  50.37  1:45.64  +6.17  66.79
 35  37  502298 HEDSTROEM Tobias 1998 SWE  54.18  51.54  1:45.72  +6.25  67.58
 36  56  481824 VORONOV Aleksandr 1997 RUS  55.58  50.27  1:45.85  +6.38  68.86
 37  62  481897 ALEKHIN Nikita 1998 RUS  54.98  51.38  1:46.36  +6.89  73.88
 38  92  400301 ROSSUM VAN Max 1998 NED  55.15  51.40  1:46.55  +7.08  75.75
 39  89  221320 VINTER Zak 1998 GBR  55.57  51.04  1:46.61  +7.14  76.34
 40  76  151186 STRAKA Jan 1997 CZE  55.16  51.69  1:46.85  +7.38  78.71
 41  98  430802 PYJAS Pawel 1999 POL  56.02  51.05  1:47.07  +7.60  80.88
 42  99  60273 LAHAYE Eric 1999 BEL  55.54  51.56  1:47.10  +7.63  81.17
 43  47  104488 FOURNIER Simon 1997 CAN  56.04  51.13  1:47.17  +7.70  81.86
 44  101  280034 BIRAN Itamar 1998 ISR  55.84  51.40  1:47.24  +7.77  82.55
 45  8  60261 MAES Sam 1998 BEL  58.05  49.99  1:48.04  +8.57  90.43
 46  86  390041 LUIK Juhan 1997 EST  56.01  52.10  1:48.11  +8.64  91.12
 47  80  700941 KATRENIC Henrich 1998 SVK  55.77  52.52  1:48.29  +8.82  92.90
 48  90  410412 DERWIN Colbey 1997 NZL  55.70  52.75  1:48.45  +8.98  94.47
 49  106  230728 TZIOVAS Nikolaos 1997 GRE  57.06  52.13  1:49.19  +9.72  101.76
 50  79  151237 KLINSKY Tomas 1998 CZE  56.37  52.91  1:49.28  +9.81  102.65
 51  66  700929 PRIELOZNY Matej 1997 SVK  56.75  52.94  1:49.69  +10.22  106.69
 52  111  240154 MAROTY Matyas 2000 HUN  57.67  54.07  1:51.74  +12.27  126.89
 53  113  550099 LOSS Daniels 2000 LAT  57.49  54.28  1:51.77  +12.30  127.18
 54  102  660023 CHERTSIN Daniil 1997 BLR  59.91  54.82  1:54.73  +15.26  156.34
 55  124  340495 ARNOUK Cesar 2000 LBN  59.85  56.86  1:56.71  +17.24  175.85
 56  123  360045 CASTERMANS Max 1998 LUX  1:02.24  56.28  1:58.52  +19.05  193.68
 57  100  40624 ADAMS Jack 1998 AUS  57.70  1:00.92  1:58.62  +19.15  194.67
 58  120  270080 REILLY Garreth 1999 IRL  1:01.26  58.17  1:59.43  +19.96  202.65
 59  128  340576 SAMAHA Georges 2001 LBN  1:08.79  1:04.62  2:13.41  +33.94  340.38
 60  127  340569 HADDAD Issam 2001 LBN  1:13.05  1:10.44  2:23.49  +44.02  439.69
Did not finish 2nd run
 118  130040 HO Ping-Jui 1998 TPE
 114  660025 CHERTSIN Uladzislau 1998 BLR
 109  250399 GUDMUNDSSON Bjorn Asgeir 1998 ISL
 94  240148 SZOLLOS Barnabas 1998 ISR
 91  380379 NIKIC Leon 1999 CRO
 88  6532350 BENEY William 1999 GBR
 84  151253 OUVIN Jan 1999 CZE
 78  481841 OVCHINNIKOV Aleksey 1997 RUS
 67  104697 WALLACE Liam 1999 CAN
 65  512353 ITEN Matthias 1999 SUI
 63  410425 RICHARDS Ben 2000 NZL
 60  202908 HIMMELSBACH Fabian 1999 GER
 58  104818 MCCORMACK Declan 1999 CAN
 50  110383 VON APPEN Sven 1997 CHI
 49  180839 PIIRAINEN Joona 1998 FIN
 46  6190467 PIOLAINE Simon 1997 FRA
 40  110409 HORWITZ Kai 1998 CHI
 34  6292768 CANZIO Pietro 1998 ITA
 30  6292914 CANINS Matteo 1998 ITA
 24  202829 GRATZ Fabian 1997 GER
 23  422558 SANDERBERG Olav Engelhardt 1997 NOR
 22  512274 BISSIG Semyel 1998 SUI
 21  202808 MEISEN Adrian 1997 GER
 16  512234 FISCHBACHER Marco 1997 SUI
 6  422546 LINDSTOEL Joachim Jagge 1997 NOR
 4  40612 SCOTT Alec 1997 AUS
Disqualified 2nd run
 116  690775 PODOBEDOV Maksymilian 2001 UKR
Did not start 2nd run
 69  92719 ZLATKOV Kamen 1997 BUL
 26  54447 RUELAND Simon 1997 AUT
 15  6292556 ZUCCARINI Giulio 1997 ITA
Did not finish 1st run
 129  690777 SEMEN Marian 2001 UKR
 126  690763 GONCHARENKO Artem 1999 UKR
 122  240157 SAFRANKA Bela 2000 HUN
 121  690753 KARPUSHYN Mykhailo 1998 UKR
 119  230733 MANTSIOS Vasileios 1998 GRE
 117  660029 STARAZHENKA Dzmitry 2000 BLR
 115  660026 ZVERNIK Vlad 1998 BLR
 112  270082 ROMAN Zachary 2000 IRL
 110  590039 ALMEIDA Samuel 1997 POR
 108  240158 TAUSZ Andras 2001 HUN
 107  250411 THORDARSON Georg Fannar 1999 ISL
 105  240149 NAGY Bence 1998 HUN
 104  430810 MICHALIK Michal 2000 POL
 103  390044 LAINE Tormis 2000 EST
 97  110420 LEON Diego 1999 CHI
 96  60287 LEFEVRE Basile 2000 BEL
 95  561371 NAPOTNIK Jan 1997 SLO
 93  221290 POTH Robert 1997 GBR
 87  151203 BENC Patrik 1997 CZE
 85  92721 TODOROV Yoan 1997 BUL
 74  561360 KRALJ Zan 1997 SLO
 71  60256 VERBEKE Tom 1997 BEL
 64  481875 RIABITCA Konstantin 1997 RUS
 61  492192 ORTEGA Albert 1998 ESP
 59  104539 SEGER Riley 1997 CAN
 57  561364 SPILAR Zan 1997 SLO
 51  180817 SJOBERG Marlon 1997 FIN
 38  6190559 FIVEL Sacha 1998 FRA
 31  380377 KOLEGA Samuel 1999 CRO
 29  54438 PLOIER Andreas 1997 AUT
 28  6532163 SEYMOUR Jett 1998 USA
 19  6532149 MILLER Andrew 1998 USA
 11  6531936 WINTERS Luke 1997 USA
 10  54471 DORNER Thomas 1998 AUT
 5  104529 MULLIGAN Sam 1997 CAN
 2  6532084 RADAMUS River 1998 USA
Disqualified 1st run
 75  110449 HOLSCHER Diego 2001 CHI
 36  502278 VENNERSTROEM Filip 1998 SWE
Did not start 1st run
 125  890009 SHRESTHA Saphal Ram 1998 NEP
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Monica is a native of Garmisch-Partenkrichen, Germany, and skied for SC Garmisch before a stint with the German national ski team. She eventually became an NCAA athlete at the University of Denver where she won the individual NCAA slalom title in 2015 and a team championship in 2016.
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