In Planica, Slovenia at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships team sprint HS 102/2×4.5k, Alexa Brabec and Kai McKinnon of the United States finished as runners-up, earning the first-ever medal in a women’s nordic combined team event for their country.
McKinnon began the competition with an 84.0 meter jump for 89.1 points, followed by Brabec’s 89.5 meter jump for 107.4 points, giving them a combined total of 196.5 points and securing them fifth position in the sprint, starting +0:29 behind first place.
As they raced on, Brabec and McKinnon moved into third place after 0.7k before taking second place after 3k. They were in a tight battle with Japan until the final stretch and ultimately crossed the finish line at 9k just +0.7 behind Japan to secure the silver medal for the United States.
Anders Johnson, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Sport Director expressed pride in the team’s performance, acknowledging their coaches’ hard work and the support of Norwegian team during their journey towards success.