The FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships team sprint HS 102/2×4.5k in Planica, Slovenia was a monumental moment for ski jumping and nordic combined sport. Alexa Brabec and Kai McKinnon, representing the United States, finished second overall in the competition. This achievement marked the first-ever medal in a women’s nordic combined team event at Junior Worlds for the United States.
McKinnon made an impressive 84.0-meter jump for 89.1 points, while Brabec followed with an equally impressive 89.5-meter jump for 107.4 points. Their combined efforts earned them a total of 196.5 points and placed them in fifth position for the sprint, just +0:29 behind first place.
During the race, Brabec and McKinnon moved into third place after 0.7k before taking over second place after 3k. Their determination paid off as they eventually claimed first place overall after 4.5k, finishing just +0.7 behind Japan to secure the silver medal for their country.
Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director Anders Johnson expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishment, commending both the coaches and the Norwegian team for their support.
Their performance at Junior Worlds exceeded expectations and was met with admiration from the skiing community.
In conclusion, Alexa Brabec and Kai McKinnon’s success at FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships team sprint HS 102/2×4.5k is a testament to their dedication, hard work, and talent on the slopes of Planica, Slovenia.