USA Takes Gold in the Alpine World Ski Championships Team Event
USA Ski Team claimed their first-ever gold medal in the Mixed Team Parallel at Courchevel Méribel Alpine World Ski Championships.
USA edged Norway in the Big Final. Paula Moltzan, Nina O'Brien, Tommy Ford and River Radamus gave the Americans their first ever Team medal beating Kristin Lysdahl, Alexander Steen Olsen, Thea Louise Stjernesund, and Timon Haugan.
The Big Final was not decided until the last run. Timon Haugan failed coming out of the starting gate -he wants to leave the starting house too early and gets stuck at the gate-, and Tommy Ford raced clean to the finish to claim the decisive victory.
Canada continued their dreamy 2023 World Championships, with a stunning third medal after beatins Austria in the Small Final.
Austria, which had been in the finals eight times in ten Team events at World Championships and Olympic Games (4x gold, 4x silver), previously lost in the semi-finals to Norway.
The tenth edition of the team competition may also have been the last. FIS is planning for the World Championships in Saalbach-Hinterglemm in 2025 a Team Alpine Combined instead of the controversial Parallel races. The competition was launched this year at the Junior World Championships in St. Anton.