Cashman Fifth at World Juniors in Narvik to Lead the Americans
Keely Cashman led the way for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team on Sunday at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Narvik, Norway, finishing fifth in super-G, while teammate AJ Hurt finished sixth.
Nobody could catch Austria's Magdalena Egger, who finished first, while countrywoman Lisa Grill was second, just .28 seconds back. France's Karen Smadja Clement was third, just one one-hundredth off of Lisa. On the men's side, Stefan Riser of Austria grabbed the victory, while teammate Armin Dornauer was second, .51 back. Switzerland's Yannick Chabloz finished rounded out the podium in third, .54 seconds off of Stefan.
Four American men made it into the top 20, with Bradshaw Underhill skiing into ninth-place, while Isaiah Nelson was 13th, Matthew Macaluso 15th, and Jack Smith 19th. Unfortunately, Bridger Gile—who was a favorite in super-G—got a little low and late, which resulted in a DNF.
Nevertheless, Alpine Development Director Chip Knight was proud of the athletes and their progress, especially considering 36 athletes in the men's field did not finish. "We had a good day today in super-G today...great results from Keely and AJ, both finishing in the top-6, and some really positive finishes from our first-timers Bradshaw and Isaiah in ninth and 13th," reflected Chip. "The course set was very challenging in the middle section, with high-speed technical turns down the pitch and through the terrain, which caused a high DNF rate. The staff was proud of the way our athletes attacked the hill and skied strong when it counted."
Up next, the women and men will take on the alpine combined on Monday. The men were originally supposed to ski the alpine combined on Tuesday, but with weather coming in, the organizers changed the program in an effort to squeeze at least the slalom portion of the combined into Monday's program. Last year in Val di Fassa, Italy, Keely finished just off the podium in fourth. You can watch it live via Narvik's YouTube channel.
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NARVIK 2020 JUNIOR WORLDS AMERICAN TEAM
NARVIK 2020 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
March 9 – Women’s and men's alpine combined
March 10 – TBD
March 11 – Women’s giant slalom
March 12 – Men’s giant slalom
March 13 – Women's and men's slalom
March 14 – Mixed Parallel Team Event