Jasmina Suter continued Switzerland’s impressive form at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Junior World Championships as she clinched the gold medal in the women’s giant slalom in Sochi today.
The 20-year-old produced the second-quickest opening run as she clocked 1min 05.15sec before ensuring she would top the podium by finishing in 1:07.24 in the second, giving her an overall time of 2:12.39.
Riikka Honkanen claimed Finland’s first medal at the event in the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games host city as she came through to take silver, 0.23 seconds adrift.
She crossed the line in 1:05.41 in the first run, before clocking the fastest second run time of 1:07.21 for an overall 2:12.62.
Suter’s team-mate Melanie Meillard, winner of the Winter Youth Olympic Games gold medal in the giant slalom event at Lillehammer last month, as well as Alpine combined silver, had to settle for bronze as she completed the two runs in a combined 2:12.66.
Aline Danioth, the 17-year-old who won yesterday’s Alpine combined race and sealed double gold at Lillehammer 2016, finished outside of the medals in fourth.
“This is my last Junior World Championship,” Suter said.
“Therefore, I am super happy that I could medal here and of course, the gold medal is all the sweeter.
“I have had very positive experiences in Sochi as three years ago, I made my first FIS Europa Cup podium here with a second place in giant slalom.”
Nina Ortlieb of Austria had sent down the fastest opening run as she completed the course in a time of 1:05.03 but encountered difficulties in the second, eventually finishing fifth, nearly a second behind Suter.
“Both the course and conditions were difficult today,” Honkanen said.
“I was surprised I could manage such good runs.
“It shows that we all performed really well.”
The competition in Sochi is due to continue tomorrow with the men’s giant slalom event.