Jallen Finishes 8th In First Alpine Event

March 10, 2018 GMT

Stephanie Jallen was well off pace for a medal, but it didn’t stop her from letting out an audible “Yes!” after she crossed the finish line at the Jeongseon Alpine Center on Saturday.

The Harding native kicked off her busy schedule at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with an eighth-place finish in the standing division of the women’s alpine skiing event.

Traversing a challenging mountain course that three of 12 contenders failed to complete, Jallen — who was born with CHILD syndrome and had her left leg amputated as an infant — timed in at 1:40.64 seconds, more than 10 seconds behind the mark of gold medalist Marie Bochet of France.

Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss claimed the silver medal with a time of 1:32.53, while Mollie Jepsen of Canada took bronze at 1:34.60.

Jallen is set to compete in all five disciplines of alpine, including super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined. Her next event is the super-G, which will begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. on the Olympic Channel. A live stream is also available at stream.nbcolympics.com.

The 22-year-old is ranked No. 7 in the world in the super-G discipline.

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