Jallen, Stephens win bronze medals in super-G at Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Stephanie Jallen celebrates her super-G run at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - In her Paralympic Winter Games debut, 18-year-old Stephanie Jallen won bronze in the women’s super-G competition, while Laurie Stephens won her second bronze medal of the Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. Alpine skiers have won six of Team USA's seven medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, through Day 3.
“This is absolutely incredible," Jallen said. "It’s something I only dreamed about. I have never been a bigger believer that dreams come true than right now. I've imagined it for the last nine years of my life, and in my very first run in the Paralympic Games I score a bronze. I can't wait to bring it home. I can't wait to call my mom, my trainer Ernie and my boyfriend, they are all home and stayed up late to watch. The course is rough, I felt numerous times like I was going to wipe out but I listened to my coaches; they said to let the ski ride out and do what it does, and I did and I stayed up and I got a bronze. I’m going to sleep and try to do it again tomorrow."
In her first run of her first Games, Jallen (Harding, Pa.) skied her way to the podium to claim bronze in the women’s standing class. Jallen crossed the line in 1:30.14 to secure her podium position over teammate Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) by more than half a second. Jones finished fourth after claiming the downhill bronze on Saturday. Melanie Schwartz (Aspen, Colo.) finished ninth to improve her top result from the 2010 Games, where she competed for Canada, by one position.
Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) repeated her success from her bronze medal-winning downhill the women’s sitting competition on Saturday, making her a six-time Paralympic medalist. Stephens was the super-G Paralympic champion in 2006, and finished fourth in the event in 2010.
“It hasn't really sunk in yet," she said. "I'm pretty excited. I feel like I could have skied better for sure but I am still happy. I'm taking things one day at a time and focusing on one turn at a time."
Danelle Umstead and guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah) finished fourth in the women’s visually impaired super-G.
Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.) and Stephani Victor (Park City, Utah) both crashed on the course and were transported off the mountain by helicopter.
Alpine skiing competition resumes Tuesday with the men’s and women’s super combined and runs through Sunday, March 16. For complete results and more information, visit Sochi2014.com.