Truckee’s Hannah Halvorsen had her career-best World Cup performance on Saturday, leading the USA team to seventh place in Dresden, Germany.
Halvorsen, who finished second in the free sprint quarter-finals, reached the World Cup semi-final for the first time in his career.
“I’m still a bit in shock,” Halvorsen said in an interview with US Ski & Snowboard. “It was surreal and exciting to make my first semi-finals. The best part of the day was the confidence I got from skiing in a semi-final and feeling like I was in the mix. I am grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait for more.
The six best skiers advance to the final round. Halvorsen was 0.25 seconds behind the sixth.
Halvorsen, 23, competed in the team sprint competition on Sunday and finished in 15th place.
On the men’s side, JC Schoonmaker of North Tahoe continued his strong start to the season, finishing ninth in Saturday’s free sprint in Dresden. Schoonmaker, 21, has set the third fastest qualifying time and has finished in the top 10 twice this season. He would then compete in Sunday’s team sprint event, helping propel the USA team to ninth place.
O’BRIEN, INJURED, SCORES POINTS IN COURCHEVAL
The Alpine Women’s World Cup season took place this week in Courcheval, France, for a pair of giant slalom races.
Palisades Tahoe team skiers AJ Hurt and Nina O’Brien were among four Americans to score World Cup points in Tuesday’s race.
O’Brien, 24, took 15th place, while Hurt, 21, was 28th. Mikaela Shiffrin led the American effort, securing her 72nd World Cup victory.
Another Palisades Tahoe skier, Keely Cashman, did not qualify for the second round of the giant slalom, but finished 44th in Sunday’s super-G event in Val d’Isère, France .
Justin Scacco is a writer at Sierra Sun. He can be contacted at [email protected]