Nordic skier Alexa Brabec from Steamboat Springs made history by becoming the first American to ever medal in a women’s Nordic combined individual event at the Junior World championships. The Junior World championships are being held in Planica, Slovenia, where the top Nordic athletes aged 20 and under are competing.
The individual events for both men and women took place on Friday, with Brabec and three of her American teammates competing in a 5-kilometer cross country ski race on an HS102 normal hill. Brabec jumped to 10th place at 86.5 meters on the hill and began the cross country race one minute and eight seconds behind the first-place jumper. Despite this, she quickly caught up to the lead pack with the fastest overall race time. Brabec ultimately moved into the gold medal position after 3.75 kilometers but ended up falling to second place, missing out on gold by just 1.5 seconds.
Brabec was not alone in Planica as two other Steamboat Springs skiers were also present: Emma Wilson and her sister Haley. Haley finished 26th in the competition, jumping to 30th place and skiing up four places from her starting position of 29th. Wilson finished just behind Haley at 27th overall after jumping to 29th herself.
On Saturday, the women’s team Nordic event will take place while on Sunday, it will be men’s team competition that will take center stage at these championships