The men’s World Junior Championship super-G in Davos, Switzerland, proved to be quite the nail-biter. On a challenging day of racing, the American contingent landed their first medals of the Championships with River Radamus and Luke Winters finishing second and third, respectively. Swiss rising star Marco Odermatt took his second gold in as many races, finishing 0.88 seconds ahead of Radamus for the win.

“Luke and I ran two and four,” explained Radamus. “We just wanted to go in, trust our inspection and attack the thing like we knew we could. I just trusted what I knew and trusted my skiing and committed to my line. I got a little squirrely in sections but it paid off and that’s what super-G is all about.”

Following Radamus and Winters into the top 10 was Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Kyle Negomir, who charged from bib 35 to finish an impressive seventh place.

“It was a challenging super-G day,” said project leader Chip Knight.”Super-G is one run, inspection and you gotta go. You need a game plan and in some cases adjust to a course report and out guys did that really, really well today. Kyle skied phenomenally well. He’s a solid skier and really executed the line well. From a later start number, he did a great job.”

With high speeds and no training runs the name of the game in super-G, you can expect to see some line errors and misjudgments when racers are pushing their limits. But what made Friday’s race so unique was the number of racers who found themselves on the DNF list. Thanks to a particularly tricky section of the course that only Odermatt managed to navigate without significant trouble, the door was open for many racers to unseat the Americans from the podium.