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Stephens Third in Sella Nevea

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
March, 19 2024
Laurie Stephens on the podium in Sella Nevea
Laurie Stephens smiles on the podium in Sella Nevea, Italy. (Lyndsay Strange / U.S. Ski & Snowboard).

On the first day of the FIS Para Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Sella Nevea, Italy, Laurie Stephens led the way for the U.S. Para Alpine Ski Team, finishing on the podium in third. 

Warm weather and sunny conditions hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit threatened to cancel the second run, but course workers and volunteers were able to keep the hill in running order. The first run led to an unusually high 13 DNFs across the field, indicating the difficult course set and weather implications. 

Laurie Stephens earned her third podium of the season on the women's side, landing in third in the women’s sitting event. Allie Johnson rounded out the women’s side, finishing sixth in the women’s standing classification. 

The men encountered some trouble in run one, with Patrick Halgren, Spencer Wood and Andrew Kurka skiing out. Jesse Keefe and Ravi Drugan led the way for the men’s team, both finishing ninth in the men’s standing and sitting events, respectively. Just outside of the top 10 was Matthew Brewer, who finished 11th in the men’s sitting classification. Andrew Haraghey finished 13th in the men’s standing event. 

The team has a day off before they take on the second giant slalom in Sella Nevea on Thursday, March 21. The action begins at 4:00 am ET, followed by run two at 7:00 am ET.