Jepsen claims sec­ond medal of Par­a­lympics, this one gold

Vancouver Sun - - SPORTS -

JEONGSEON, KOREA Mol­lie Jepsen made the most of her su­per com­bined de­but at the Pyeongchang Par­a­lympics.

The 18-year-old from West Van­cou­ver skied to gold in the stand­ing cat­e­gory Tues­day in her first at­tempt at the two-race event.

“I was try­ing to keep a re­ally pos­i­tive at­ti­tude go­ing into this race,” Jepsen said. “I haven’t raced a su­per com­bined ever. Not World Cup, not Europa Cup, not any­thing. So my ex­pec­ta­tions were quite low, which I think took some stress off. That kind of helped me al­most.”

Jepsen added to the bronze she cap­tured on the open­ing day of the Games.

Alana Ram­say of Cal­gary won bronze Tues­day to add to the bronze she claimed ear­lier in the Games. Their medals boosted Canada’s to­tal to 10 with five days of com­pe­ti­tion left.

Jepsen said shar­ing the podium with Ram­say was “su­per awe­some.”

“The team has worked so hard the past few years, re­ally putting in the time on and off snow, so it’s just great to have as many Cana­di­ans as we can up on the podium, es­pe­cially shar­ing it with Alana,” she said.

Jepsen, whose ca­reer has been ham­pered by two torn ACLs and a bro­ken an­kle, said she had just two words in her head when she crouched in the start gate for both the su­per-G and slalom races that make up the su­per com­bined event: be ag­gres­sive.

And when she fi­nally skied to a stop af­ter the slalom and looked up at her com­bined time, she was “sur­prised. I was ex­tremely sur­prised.”

“I don’t think I’ve put down a fast slalom run in quite a long time, so yeah, it was kind of an, ’Oh my God, re­ally? Is that right?’ kind of mo­ment,” she said.

Ger­many’s An­drea Roth­fuss fin­ished 0.37 sec­onds back to win sil­ver, while Ram­say was 3.38 sec­onds back.

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