Just weeks before Stepahnie Jallen embarks on her journey to Sochi, Russia for the Paralympic Winter Games, she had some business to take care of.
That business added to her already stout trophy case.
Jallen, along with four other Team USA athletes, doubled up on the first day of competition at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup and U.S. National Championships in Aspen, Colorado.
Two days shy of her 18th birthday, the Harding native won two gold medals in the women’s standing class. Jallen admits the speed event isn’t her strongest discipline. But she proved herself wrong.
U.S. teammate Melanie Schwartz was just 0.7 seconds behind Jallen in the national championship race, but Jallen bested Schwartz by more than two seconds in the NorAm Cup.
After heavy snowfall postponed Monday’s downhill training, athletes returned to the slopes for downhill training as well as taking one run for the NorAm cup and one run for the national championships.
The Wyoming Area senior competes despite her left leg having been amputated as an infant. She also has a shortened left arm as a result of Congenital Hemidysplasia with Ichthyosis and Limb Defects (CHILD) Syndrome.
Competition ran through Thursday in Aspen, with the NorAm super-G and national super combined and super-G. This is Team USA’s last domestic competition before competing at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Tarvisio, Italy, Feb. 17-24, and the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games March 8-16.
For more information on Stephanie and the entire Team USA, visit Paralympic.org.