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Stephens nabs slalom bronze for second world championship medal in Lillehammer

By Kristen Gowdy | Jan. 22, 2022, 9:52 a.m. (ET)

Laurie Stephens with U.S. Paralympics Alpine coaches on the podium in Lillehammer.

LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY – Already a champion in Lillehammer, Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts) secured her second podium finish at the 2021 Para Snow Sports World Championships Saturday morning. Two days after she brought home the world title in women’s sitting giant slalom, Stephens finished with the bronze medal in the women’s sitting slalom. 

Stephens has proven herself among the best in the world in the technical events. After struggling in the downhill and super-G competitions, she has rebounded beautifully, earning back-to-back medals to round out the individual portion of the world championships. Para alpine skiing competition concludes Sunday morning with the parallel event. 

Two consistent slalom runs in today’s race propelled Stephens to the bronze. Sitting in third place heading into the second runafter a time of 1:14.89 in the first run, she was able to maintain her position, keeping her narrow lead over fourth-place finisher Katie Combaluzier of Canada, who ended with a combined time of less than three seconds off Stephens’ 2:12.32 overall mark.

The podium today marks the first major championship slalom podium for the six-time Paralympic medalist. Stephens is making a strong case for her fifth Paralympic team nomination, as she and Paralympian Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska) have combined for all of Team USA’s four Para alpine medals in Lillehammer.  

Paralympic hopeful Allie Johnson (Chicago, Illinois), who finished 11th in the women’s standing giant slalom, was unable to navigate the course on her first run and recorded a DNF. The 25-year-old is in her first career world championships. 

Sunday’s parallel event, which is set to feature several of Team USA’s biggest Para alpine stars including Kurka and Stephens, will be the final event in Lillehammer. All events will be streamed live on the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing Facebook Page. Follow U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiinon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates from Lillehammer.

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