The star-spangled banner waves at the end of today’s male superG of the Junior World Ski Championships in Val di Fassa: River Radamus, twenty-one-year-old from Colorado, already silver in the past junior edition in Davos, sticked to the predictions of the race’s eve signing the best time (1’09”29). The American stepped on the highest step of the podium, preceding Lucas Braathen, eighteen-year-old Norwegian in his seasonal superG debut (silver at 0”34), and the French Florian Loriot, third at 38 cents of second. Ninth place for Nicolò Molteni, best of the Italians.
For the second day in a row, La VolatA slope on San Pellegrino was able to offer an excellent race full of technical contents, gathering unanimous appreciations from every one of the participants. Most of all Radamus, who guaranteed himself a medal for his third consecutive Junior World Ski Championships, considering also the silver won in Are 2017 in the alpine combined.
The eighteen-year-old Norwegian Braathen has also his reasons to celebrate: he took part in the superG to break the ice at the Junior World Ski Championships and conquered a wonderful silver medal. On the third step of the podium stood Loriot, who gave France its first medal of this World Junior Championships edition. Today’s outsider lived at the presence of the Dolomites the best day of his sports career.
Right after the podium, instead, the protagonists of yesterday’s downhill, with the Austrian Manuel Traninger and Julian Schütter in fourth and sixth place, and the swiss Lars Rösti in the middle, fifth place.
«I found the best conditions and got the result I wanted - said the winner- I knew what I had to do to win the title and I was able to express myself as best as I could. Twelve months ago, in Davos, I had to accept my defeat against Odermatt, but this year I really wanted to win. It was an intense race, on a fast snow, entertaining. To give the best you can in the most important day of the season is a very positive sign, I’m proud of myself».
«I am the first one to be surprised for this medal - added the Norwegian Braathen, second - it was my first superG this season and I decided to face the race as a test for alpine combined, I would have never thought I could be able to get on the podium. I was feeling comfortable on the slope and this Junior World Ski Championships started the best way possible, while waiting for my favorite specialties, Giant Slalom and Slalom».
Tomorrow, Friday, the 22ndof February, the program of the Junior World Ski Championships in Val di Fassa will present at 11am the ladies’ superG at San Pellegrino on the La VolatA slope, and at 6pm the team event on the Aloch slope in Pozza di Fassa.
Results: JWSC Men's SG
Release by JWSC Val di Fassa