In the Junior World Championships held in Planica, Slovenia, Alexa Brabec made history by winning a silver medal in women’s nordic combined. This was the first-ever medal for the United States in this event. Kai McKinnon also achieved a top 10 finish, coming in at sixth place overall.
Brabec impressed during the competition with her ski jumping skills, landing in the tenth position with a jump of 86.5 meters and earning 97.1 points. Meanwhile, McKinnon jumped 79.5 meters and secured 94.3 points for a 15th place position. Ella Wilson and Haley Brabec placed 29th and 30th, respectively, with jumps of 71.0 meters each.
In the subsequent 5k race, Brabec quickly moved up to fourth place after completing the first quarter of the race. She then took over the lead at halfway and finished in second place overall, just 1.5 seconds behind the first-place finisher, Minja Korhonen of Finland. This impressive performance by Brabec secured the silver medal for the United States.
Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director Anders Johnson praised Brabec’s recent successes leading up to the Junior World Championships and expressed his pride in both her and McKinnon’s achievements during the competition