O’Brien and Radamus Race Individual Parallel
In Wednesday’s individual parallel event at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes River Radamus and Nina O’Brien raced straight after a gold medal team event performance and qualifier the day prior.
After a run on both the red and blue courses, O’Brien and Radamus did not make it on to the next round, however their spirits remained high.
“I think this event is fun and I'm really happy that I qualified for the final. It was close at the end, and I tried,” said O’Brien. “I felt really locked in, skiing with a lot of confidence so I was excited to come in today but didn't risk enough on the first run I think I should have shifted into another gear,” said Radamus.
The winner for the women’s parallel went to Norwegian skier Maria Therese Tviberg, the silver went to Swiss skier Wendy Holdener and bronze went to Thea Louise Stjernesund. On the men’s side, the gold went to German skier Alexander Schmid, second place went to Austrian Dominik Raschner and third place went to Norwegian skier Timon Haugan. Regardless of Wednesday’s results, both American skiers are very excited about the golden result from Tuesday.
“I'll take the tradeoff of yesterday for being a little bit more tired today and not coming out firing the way I wanted to,” said Radamus.
“This is the first medal ceremony ever for me. I think we're all excited,” said O’Brien.
On Tuesday, the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team skied to gold in the team parallel event. It was the first time USA has gotten a medal in this event at a World Championships.
Looking ahead it is a very busy technical event schedule for skiers racing multiple events with the women’s giant slalom on Thursday, men’s giant slalom Friday and slalom to close out the World Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
“It's a busy last few days for sure, but I feel like my skiing it's in a good spot," said O'Brien. "I'm so excited for GS."
The women’s giant slalom kicks off in Meribel at 3:45 a.m. ET.
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