In the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships team sprint HS 102/2×4.5k in Planica, Slovenia, Alexa Brabec and Kai McKinnon finished second overall, bringing home the first-ever medal in a women’s nordic combined team event for the United States.
McKinnon made an impressive 84.0 meter jump for 89.1 points, while Brabec followed with an even better 89.5 meter jump for 107.4 points, securing a total of 196.5 points and the fifth position for the sprint, starting +0:29 back of first place.
During the race, Brabec and McKinnon moved into third place after 0.7k and then into second place after 3k. They eventually claimed the first position overall after 4.5k and finished just +0.7 behind Japan, securing the silver medal for the United States.
Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director Anders Johnson expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishment, praising the coaches and the Norwegian team for their support. The duo’s performance at the Junior World championships exceeded expectations and was met with admiration from the skiing community.