First U.S. gold medal awarded at World Juniors

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 5, 2010 6:33 am

Colby Granstrom has done it. He is now a Junior World Championship gold medal winner after taking the top spot on the podium in France for the combined. He earned enough points in Tuesday’s slalom to take the victory although finishing 15th in yesterday’s downhill. Americans Wiley Maple and Will Gregorian finished ninth and 13th yesterday, respectively. “I can’t believe it,” said Granstrom. “I was trying for a medal in every event, but for it to actually happen – to go up and hear the national anthem – it’s pretty surreal. This is when I was trying to peak and this is the race that I was looking forward to all prep period during the summer and through all those days in the gym.”

Coach Tommy Eckfeldt commented that at these World Juniors, the margin of error is insanely small. “The competition at the World Junior level is extremely tight,” he said. “even a small mistake here is costly, as we saw in the slalom, there was only a couple of tenths deparating almost 20 positions. It’s just splitting hairs and Colby was able to maintain good quality skiing with the smallest number of mistakes to be right in there.”

Congrats Colby! We expect big things from you in the years to come!!