Switzerland’s Aline Danioth continued her impressive run of form by clinching the Alpine combined gold medal at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Junior World Championships in Sochi today.
The 17-year-old came into the event held in the city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics off the back of claiming two gold medals at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer and produced another superb display, clocking 1min 59.32sec to take the junior world title.
Danioth completed the super-G in 1:14.69 before she ensured victory with a slalom time of 44.63sec
Germany's Katrin Hirtl-Stanggassinger, who returned from Lillehammer 2016 with a silver medal in giant slalom and bronze in Alpine combined, was second as she finished 0.91seconds adrift.
Slovenia’s Sasa Brezovnik did enough to earn the bronze medal after she was quickest in the slalom section, crossing the line in an overall time of 2:00.65.
“I still think this is incredible and can’t really believe what just happened,” Danioth, winner of the slalom and Alpine combined events at Lillehammer 2016, said.
“I tried to perform similarly to yesterday in super-G and know that I am strong in slalom.
“I am super happy right now and even happier that I could win gold here in Sochi after my win in Lillehammer in the same event.”
Stefan Hadalin continued the successful day for Slovenia as he powered to victory in the men’s Alpine combined in a time of 1:56.16.
Hadalin clocked 1:12.34 in the super-G section of the race before he finished the slalom segment in 43.82, the third quickest time, to seal gold and ensure he went one better than last year’s Junior World Championships, where he had to settle for the silver medal.
Norway’s Marcus Monsen came through to take second place in 1:57.10, 0.94 behind the eventual winner, while Istok Rodes of Croatia secured the bronze medal.
“Many of those who tried to ski the fastest line did not finish the race,” Hadalin said.
“I think I skied a smart slalom not going too aggressively.
“This is why I could ski to gold.
“I had a really good super-G and knew that the win was possible today.”