The United States claimed their first gold medal of the International Ski Federation World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships today as River Radamus won the men’s super-G in Val di Fassa.
The 21-year-old, winner of the US National Junior Championships last year, added the world junior title to his collection in a time of 1min 09.29sec.
That time saw the skier from Colorado, silver medallist in the same event last year, win by 0.34 seconds ahead of 18-year-old Lucas Braathen from Norway.
On day three of the Championships in Italy taking the bronze medal was 20-year-old Frenchman Florian Loriot, who crossed the line in 1:09.77.
"Today meant a lot to me," Radamus said.
"I’ve had silvers at the last two world juniors, and I was pretty sick of finishing runner up to be honest."
Radamus added: "When I sat down and made my goals last summer, I had gold at world juniors at the top of that list.
"When I was in the gym training or exhausted from skiing, this race is what I’d think about to keep going.
"My motto all summer was 'Remember why'.
“This race right here was my why."
Tomorrow the women’s super-G is due to be contested, which last year was won by Norway’s Kajsa Vickhoff Lie.