Alpine

Arvidsson Grabs Third Top 15 at World Juniors

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USSA
2016-03-03 10:05
 

SOCHI, Russia (Mar. 3, 2016) – In yet another tough day at the Rosa Khutor alpine center, FIS Junior World Ski Championships Downhill Champion Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, CA, U.S. Ski Team/Squaw Valley Ski Team/Bear Valley) was the lone American to finish in Thursday’s giant slalom, landing in 14th.

“The snow is incredibly mushy at this point, and it's pushing the race organizers to extremes to pull off quality events,” said Alpine Development Director Chip Knight. “Really proud of the way Erik competed today. He showed a lot of grit, fighting from a high start number through warm, deteriorating conditions to finish 14th. I'm sure it didn't feel great, but he made it happen against a top-notch field.”

In a race where more than half of the field did not finish, Switzerland once again prevailed, with Marco Odermatt the victor, France’s Elie Gateau in second and Austria’s Maximilian Lahnsteiner rounding out the podium in third.

The rest of the American contingency – Drew Duffy (Warren, VT, U.S. Ski Team/Green Mountain Valley School), Alex Leever (Vail, CO; U.S. Ski Team National University Team, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail), and Patrick Kenney (Hingham, MA, U.S. Ski Team/Burke Mountain Academy) – all fell victim to the challenging Rosa Khutor giant slalom track.

"Erik battled the first run in extremely tough conditions and moved up to 21st from bib 32," reflected Development Team Assistant Coach Justin Johnson. "He executed second run beautifully and I was proud of his effort and drive to move into 14th. The rest of the team battled as well, but fell victim to the deteriorating course. We will look ahead to tomorrow and fight again to finish the series with a medal."

The action continues in Sochi at the Rosa Khutor alpine center with men and women’s slalom Friday, and will conclude with the team event on Saturday.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Juniors Downhill Champion Erik Arvidsson finished 14th in giant slalom.
  • This is Arvidsson’s third top 15 of the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Sochi.
  • The men have one remaining event, a slalom race, on Friday.

 

QUOTES

Chip Knight, Alpine Development Director
The snow is incredibly mushy at this point, and it's pushing the race organizers to extremes to pull off quality events. Apparently they threw one ton of salt yesterday alone! They've been pushing course setters to stay within the confines of the speed track because it has had so much treatment over the last week and everything else is almost rotten. Anyway, hats off to the ROC, because they're making it happen, but it's not easy for anyone involved.

Really proud of the way Erik competed today. He showed a lot of grit, fighting from a high start number through warm, deteriorating conditions to finish 14th. I'm sure it didn't feel great, but he made it happen against a top-notch field.

Justin Johnson, Men’s Development Team Assistant Coach
Again today was really difficult for the entire field. The snow is starting to melt from ground up and from top down. It was pretty ugly after bib five. The spread in the top 30 was six seconds, and was a direct correlation to snow conditions.

Erik battled the first run in extremely tough conditions and moved up to 21st from bib 32. He executed second run beautifully and I was proud of his effort and drive to move into 14th. The rest of the team battled as well, but fell victim to the deteriorating course. We will look ahead to tomorrow and fight again to finish the series with a medal.
 

RESULTS
Men’s giant slalom