The men’s World Junior Championship super-G in Davos, Switzerland, proved to be quite the nail-biter. On a challenging day of racing, the American contingent landed their first medals of the Championships with River Radamus and Luke Winters finishing second and third, respectively. Swiss rising star Marco Odermatt took his second gold in as many races, finishing 0.88 seconds ahead of Radamus for the win.

“Luke and I ran two and four,” explained Radamus. “We just wanted to go in, trust our inspection and attack the thing like we knew we could. I just trusted what I knew and trusted my skiing and committed to my line. I got a little squirrely in sections but it paid off and that’s what super-G is all about.”

Following Radamus and Winters into the top 10 was Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Kyle Negomir, who charged from bib 35 to finish an impressive seventh place.

“It was a challenging super-G day,” said project leader Chip Knight.”Super-G is one run, inspection and you gotta go. You need a game plan and in some cases adjust to a course report and our guys did that really, really well today. Kyle skied phenomenally well. He’s a solid skier and really executed the line well. From a later start number, he did a great job.”

Radamus en route to super-G silver. Image Credit: GEPA pictures/Oliver Lerch

With high speeds and no training runs the name of the game in super-G, you can expect to see some line errors and misjudgments when racers are pushing their limits. But what made Friday’s race so unique was the number of racers who found themselves on the DNF list. Thanks to a particularly tricky section of the course that only Odermatt managed to navigate without significant trouble, the door was open for many racers to unseat the Americans from the podium.

“There was a section that later was adjusted for that was pretty crucial where Luke and I both made pretty sizable mistakes on,” Radamus said. “We both went airborne pretty hard and barely made it past a gate. We didn’t have a sigh of relief until about bib 40 just because we knew if someone had skied that section well, how much they could have put on the field. Obviously Odermatt did that.”

“It was awesome,” added development team coach JJ Johnson. “Luke ran two and River four, they didn’t get a course report so they made those adjustments on their own which was really cool. After those guys went there was a span of probably 15 guys where maybe two or three finished; it was a little crazy.”

Most nations are lucky to land one athlete on the podium, let alone two. It goes without saying that the U.S. team will be galvanized for the rest of the series and will be hungry to add a few more medals to the collection in the coming days.

“It really shows us all that we’re right there with those top guys,” Radamus said. “We can just let loose and make anything happen here. It got everyone pumped to see some good results and we’re gonna try and keep the momentum going into the tech races and the combined.”

The World Junior Championships continues on Saturday, Feb. 3, with the team event.


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  11  512269 ODERMATT Marco 1997 SUI  1:07.59  7.48
 2  4  6532084 RADAMUS River 1998 USA  1:08.47  +0.88  21.54
 3  2  6531936 WINTERS Luke 1997 USA  1:08.50  +0.91  22.02
 4  25  502340 HAGBERG Johan 1999 SWE  1:08.77  +1.18  26.33
 5  21  104537 ALEXANDER Cameron 1997 CAN  1:08.89  +1.30  28.25
 6  13  54445 HAASER Raphael 1997 AUT  1:09.08  +1.49  31.29
 7  35  6532123 NEGOMIR Kyle 1998 USA  1:09.17  +1.58  32.73
 7  31  422732 MCGRATH Atle Lie 2000 NOR  1:09.17  +1.58  32.73
 9  77  502298 HEDSTROEM Tobias 1998 SWE  1:09.30  +1.71  34.80
 10  9  512274 BISSIG Semyel 1998 SUI  1:09.36  +1.77  35.76
 11  1  422558 SANDERBERG Olav Engelhardt 1997 NOR  1:09.37  +1.78  35.92
 12  23  6190459 ALPHAND Sam 1997 FRA  1:09.43  +1.84  36.88
 13  40  6292768 CANZIO Pietro 1998 ITA  1:09.53  +1.94  38.48
 14  30  151238 ZABYSTRAN Jan 1998 CZE  1:09.62  +2.03  39.92
 15  34  6190488 KLUFTS Evan 1997 FRA  1:09.64  +2.05  40.24
 16  49  512353 ITEN Matthias 1999 SUI  1:09.91  +2.32  44.55
 17  37  6292783 MOLTENI Nicolo 1998 ITA  1:10.18  +2.59  48.86
 18  52  202883 GRAMMEL Anton 1998 GER  1:10.22  +2.63  49.50
 19  33  502207 PLATTER Filip 1997 SWE  1:10.36  +2.77  51.74
 20  41  54483 OPETNIK Moritz 1998 AUT  1:10.63  +3.04  56.06
 21  62  6293171 VINATZER Alex 1999 ITA  1:10.69  +3.10  57.01
 22  38  561364 SPILAR Zan 1997 SLO  1:10.70  +3.11  57.17
 23  36  561360 KRALJ Zan 1997 SLO  1:10.83  +3.24  59.25
 24  24  512234 FISCHBACHER Marco 1997 SUI  1:10.88  +3.29  60.05
 25  67  6292914 CANINS Matteo 1998 ITA  1:10.89  +3.30  60.21
 25  43  492192 ORTEGA Albert 1998 ESP  1:10.89  +3.30  60.21
 27  42  6190422 COTTINEAU Vito 1997 FRA  1:10.91  +3.32  60.53
 28  22  54446 MARKO Moritz 1997 AUT  1:10.92  +3.33  60.69
 29  57  240148 SZOLLOS Barnabas 1998 ISR  1:10.97  +3.38  61.49
 30  56  700929 PRIELOZNY Matej 1997 SVK  1:11.00  +3.41  61.97
 31  27  104488 FOURNIER Simon 1997 CAN  1:11.02  +3.43  62.29
 32  76  180864 TORVINEN Turo 2000 FIN  1:11.07  +3.48  63.09
 33  85  380379 NIKIC Leon 1999 CRO  1:11.10  +3.51  63.57
 33  54  180839 PIIRAINEN Joona 1998 FIN  1:11.10  +3.51  63.57
 35  28  6292503 SIMONI Federico 1997 ITA  1:11.27  +3.68  66.28
 36  59  221318 INNES Iain 1998 GBR  1:11.31  +3.72  66.92
 37  58  202873 PFOEDERL Nikolaus 1998 GER  1:11.33  +3.74  67.24
 38  64  492197 GARAY Aingeru 1998 ESP  1:11.40  +3.81  68.36
 39  72  110449 HOLSCHER Diego 2001 CHI  1:11.61  +4.02  71.71
 40  51  151237 KLINSKY Tomas 1998 CZE  1:11.65  +4.06  72.35
 40  45  92720 POPOV Albert 1997 BUL  1:11.65  +4.06  72.35
 42  44  110383 VON APPEN Sven 1997 CHI  1:11.66  +4.07  72.51
 43  68  481897 ALEKHIN Nikita 1998 RUS  1:11.84  +4.25  75.39
 44  47  422670 VOELLO Gustav Rosberg 1999 NOR  1:12.04  +4.45  78.59
 45  79  561404 BOZIC Borut 2000 SLO  1:12.13  +4.54  80.02
 45  71  151203 BENC Patrik 1997 CZE  1:12.13  +4.54  80.02
 45  61  202922 BRENCE Christoph 1999 GER  1:12.13  +4.54  80.02
 48  82  410425 RICHARDS Ben 2000 NZL  1:12.42  +4.83  84.66
 49  73  481824 VORONOV Aleksandr 1997 RUS  1:12.85  +5.26  91.53
 50  70  151186 STRAKA Jan 1997 CZE  1:13.12  +5.53  95.84
 51  86  430810 MICHALIK Michal 2000 POL  1:13.17  +5.58  96.64
 52  88  40624 ADAMS Jack 1998 AUS  1:13.52  +5.93  102.23
 53  78  481841 OVCHINNIKOV Aleksey 1997 RUS  1:14.17  +6.58  112.62
 54  84  700950 REVUCKY Samuel 1999 SVK  1:14.19  +6.60  112.94
 55  94  230728 TZIOVAS Nikolaos 1997 GRE  1:15.20  +7.61  129.08
 56  89  270082 ROMAN Zachary 2000 IRL  1:15.73  +8.14  137.55
 57  80  430802 PYJAS Pawel 1999 POL  1:15.89  +8.30  140.10
 58  90  690753 KARPUSHYN Mykhailo 1998 UKR  1:16.45  +8.86  149.05
 59  91  660026 ZVERNIK Vlad 1998 BLR  1:17.10  +9.51  159.44
 60  93  660029 STARAZHENKA Dzmitry 2000 BLR  1:18.23  +10.64  177.49
 61  95  230733 MANTSIOS Vasileios 1998 GRE  1:22.26  +14.67  241.89
Did not finish 1st run
 92  110420 LEON Diego 1999 CHI
 87  660025 CHERTSIN Uladzislau 1998 BLR
 83  60273 LAHAYE Eric 1999 BEL
 81  151287 MILATA Jiri 2000 CZE
 75  390041 LUIK Juhan 1997 EST
 74  561371 NAPOTNIK Jan 1997 SLO
 69  170159 VORRE Marcus 1998 DEN
 66  481875 RIABITCA Konstantin 1997 RUS
 65  561369 RUPNIK Matevz 1997 SLO
 63  502278 VENNERSTROEM Filip 1998 SWE
 60  110409 HORWITZ Kai 1998 CHI
 55  151215 FOREJTEK Filip 1997 CZE
 53  700941 KATRENIC Henrich 1998 SVK
 50  380374 VUKELIC William 1998 CRO
 48  40621 MUHLEN-SCHULTE Louis 1998 AUS
 46  502210 MONSEN Zack 1997 SWE
 39  422729 BRAATHEN Lucas 2000 NOR
 32  54422 TANNER Luca 1997 AUT
 26  180831 KANKKUNEN Sampo 1998 FIN
 20  422676 FOSSLAND Markus Nordgaard 1999 NOR
 19  6532406 MACALUSO Matthew 1999 USA
 18  6190556 CAILLOT Ken 1998 FRA
 17  6532116 KRUPKA Jimmy 1998 USA
 16  54481 TRANINGER Manuel 1998 AUT
 15  6190559 FIVEL Sacha 1998 FRA
 14  512303 BOISSET Arnaud 1998 SUI
 12  512281 ROESTI Lars 1998 SUI
 10  6531963 STEFFEY George 1997 USA
 8  54480 SCHUETTER Julian 1998 AUT
 7  104539 SEGER Riley 1997 CAN
 6  104468 READ Jeffrey 1997 CAN
 5  104529 MULLIGAN Sam 1997 CAN
 3  6292556 ZUCCARINI Giulio 1997 ITA
Did not start 1st run
 29  502230 SUNDIN Olle 1997 SWE

 

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