Nick Krause, shown here training at Vail's Golden Peak, led the U.S. Ski Team with 21st in the Junior World Championships super G to open competition in Jasna. (Eric Schramm)
JASNA, Slovakia (Feb. 26) - The 2014 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships officially opened Wednesday in Jasna, Slovakia with Nick Krause (Northboro, MA; Stratton Mountain School) leading the way for the U.S. Ski Team with 21st in the men's super G. Also landing in the super G top 30 was Sam Dupratt (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Education Foundation) with 27th. Dupratt then held his speed in the afternoon slalom to finish 28th in the overall super combined event. Drew Duffy (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) also popped into the combined points with 30th. The super G race was won by Marco Schwarz of Austria while Itlalian Matteo DeVettori powered to the combined win. Action continues Thursday with the women's giant slalom medal event and the first of two men's downhill training sessions.
Nick Krause (Northboro, MA; Stratton Mountain School) led the U.S. Ski Team with 21st in the opening super G at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships.
Sam Dupratt (Park City, UT; Park City Ski Education Foundation) also finished in the super G top 30 with 27th.
Dupratt then held his speed in the slalom portion of the combined to finish 28th, while Drew Duffy (Warren, VT; Green Mountain Valley School) popped into the combined points with 30th.
Duffy put himself in a strong position for the combined by jumping 15 spots in super G after starting 55th.
All four athletes are members of the U.S. Ski Team.
Austrian Marco Schwarz won the super G, while Italian Matteo DeVettori powered to the super combined win.
Action continues in Jasna Thursday with women's giant slalom and men's downhill training.
Women's starters are Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN; Buck Hill Ski Team), Lila Lapanja (Incline Village, NV; Sugar Bowl Acedemy/Diamond Peak), Libby Gibson (Jamaica, VT; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail), Katherine Irwin (Vail, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) and Foreste Peterson (Berkeley, CA; Squaw Valley Ski Team).
QUOTES Randy Pelkey, Head Coach Men's U.S. Development Team The guys skied well but they made some aggressive mistakes that had impact. The slalom part of the super combined conditions were perfect. Drew Duffy started 55th in jumpied to 40 with a solid super G run and a good slalom run. Nick Krause was on his way to a top-15 finish with good intermediate times but a mistake at the end left him in 21st. The snow condintions, in general, were good and it was sunny but very windy at the top.