Vail local River Radamus closed out the month of March, and his 2017-18 season, with a pair of podiums at the U.S. Alpine Junior National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho.
After winning the super-G and finishing second in the giant slalom March 28-29, Radamus said he couldn’t be more pleased with how the season turned out for him.
“In your career you’re bound to have a couple of breakout seasons, and this was definitely one of them,” Radamus said. “I didn’t have any goal that I didn’t quite meet this year.”
In addition to getting his first World Cup start at the Birds of Prey super-G in Beaver Creek in December, Radamus said the other highlights of the season were winning the North America Cup overall title and racing in the World Cup giant slalom in the Adelboden, Switzerland, World Cup.
DILLING 3RD AMONG JUNIORS
Radamus also shared a podium on Thursday, March 28, with another ski racer he has known for a long time, his former Ski & Snowboard Club Vail teammate Jacob Dilling.
“We’ve been friends from way back,” Radamus said. “He’s a young guy coming up, really likes to attack it like a lot of the Vail guys do, so he’s exciting to watch for sure.”
Dilling finished third in the super-G and surprised many, including himself.
“I haven’t done very well in super-G in the past,” he said. “I came down and I thought I was in last, I thought there was only three finishers, but I was in third.”
Dilling said the course suited him well as a giant slalom and slalom specialist, and the podium was one of the biggest moments of his career so far.
“It was a very technical course,” he said. “I’ve known River forever and that was the first big event where we’ve been on the podium together, so it was pretty cool.”
Dilling, 18, also finished third in the slalom and third overall for juniors.