Alana Nichols, Laurie Stephens medal in women's sitting downhill
Alana Nichols of United States competes in the Women's Downhill - Sitting during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia ― Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.) and Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) finished second and third in the women’s sitting downhill on Saturday at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber claimed the gold medal with a time of 1:35.55 while Nichols and Stephens finished in 1:35.69 and 1:36.94, respectively.
"It turned out to be a great day considering the last couple days with the rain and snow,” Nichols said. “I didn't ski as well as I wanted today. I hung in there and I'm happy winning silver considering the mistakes I made. Today was not my best. I want to do better in super-G."
Nichols won the downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games while Stephens, the reigning world champion, won Paralympic gold in 2006.
"That is pretty exciting,” Stephens said. “I was really nervous going into it. They've been working really hard on the course, and the track was in great condition."