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Jallen’s memorable Sochi experience delivers two medals

Last updated: March 16. 2014 11:54PM - 3782 Views
By John Medeiros jmedeiros@civitasmedia.com



Stephanie Jallen celebrates her bronze in the women's alpine skiing super-G standing event during a medal ceremony at the Winter Paralympic Games on March 10, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Stephanie Jallen celebrates her bronze in the women's alpine skiing super-G standing event during a medal ceremony at the Winter Paralympic Games on March 10, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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Stephanie Jallen completed her first Paralympic Winter Games with two bronze medals after missing a gate in the giant slalom Sunday, her final event of four in Sochi, Russia.


The Wyoming Area senior was third in her debut event, the super-G, one week ago. Her time of 1:30.14 was .52 seconds ahead of Sochi athletes’ village roommate Allison Jones. The French pair of Marie Bochet (1:24.20) and Solene Jambaque (1:26.20) were the only skiers ahead of Jallen.


She also won a bronze on Friday after the second of her two runs in the super combined. The event was held in two stages across three days because of weather. Jallen opened with a 57.98-second effort in the slalom to place third, nearly three seconds ahead of the remainder of the field.


In Friday’s super-G portion of the super combined, she was second to eventual gold medalist Bochet. Her time of 1:25.15 was only .26 seconds from winning the second half of the super combined. She nearly caught Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss for silver, coming in just .39 seconds behind over the two events.


Jallen also competed in the slalom Wednesday and the two-run giant slalom Sunday, but did not finish either event due to falls. The giant slalom came undone in her second attempt, less than 20 seconds into the approximately 90-second course.


Right after NBCSN commentator Sarah Will noted that Jallen was “looking strong” through the first 10 gates, Jallen lost an edge and went down.


“Stephanie Jallen gets turned around on course,” Todd Harris said on the live broadcast Sunday morning. “You see the tail of the ski get hooked up.”


“It’s tough when you have an impairment, both your leg and your arm on one side of your body,” Will said of Jallen’s fall. “Once you get twisted around, it’s so hard not for that to transfer right to your ski.”


Jallen’s first run in the giant slalom Sunday was very impressive, placing her fifth heading into the medal race. She carved a tight line through the gates, finishing the run second among the competitors who had preceeded her.


“She’s staying nice and forward on her ski,” Will said during the first run.


“Just amazing balance for Stephanie Jallen,” Harris said. “Look at this!”


Jallen’s 1:30.73 stood fifth as the field completed its first attempts, just 3.02 seconds off the potential podium.


Next up for Jallen is to finish her high school studies at Wyoming Area this spring. She will attend King’s College in the fall.


She leaves Russia with two of the United States’ 18 medals, which was good enough for third on the medal table. Russia, which as the host had the most entries, took 80 total medals, 30 gold. Ukraine was second with 25 medals, including five gold. The United States won two gold medals.


The closing ceremony for the Paralympic Games was Sunday night, and Jallen will return to her Harding home this week.


 
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