Kai McKinnon and Aleka Brabec brought home the first medal in the Women’s Nordic Combined Team Event at the World Junior Championships for the United States. They finished second overall in the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships HS 102/2×4.5k Team Sprint in Planica, Slovenia, with a total of 196.5 points.
On the hill, McKinnon jumped 84.0 meters for 89.1 points, while Brabec followed with a jump of 89.5 meters for 107.4 points, securing fifth sprint position, starting +0:29 back to square one. During the race, they moved into third after 0.7k and then into second after 3k before taking first overall after 4.5k and finishing just +0.7 behind Japan, securing the silver medal for the United States.
Director of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Anders Johnson expressed his pride in the team’s success, praising their coaches and teammates from Norway for their support during training camp leading up to this event. The duo’s performance at the Junior World Championships exceeded expectations and was admired by the skiing community as they proved that hard work and dedication can lead to great success on the international stage.