Earlier today, Sweden’s Aurelia Hagberg won her second gold at INAS Skiing World Championships in Klövsjö, Sweden when she won the giant slalom event.
Competing in the alpine events, 16-year-old Hagberg won her first gold in the slalom event. In her first run down the mountain, she finished first with a time of 32.61. In her second run, she maintained her form to finish in a time of 33.14 and maintained her first place position. Her combined time was five seconds faster than Turkey’s silver medalist Tuba Celik. Japan’s Kayo Matsumoto won bronze. It was the first gold medal won by Sweden in the competition.
Swedish national team coach Börje Olsson said of her performance, “It’s great fun. I knew she was skilled at national competitions, but she had no track record at international competitions. She ran like she should do – even and fine with good turns and good balance. That is what produces results.”
Hagberg trains with the Höghedens Slalomklubb, and was invited to join the national team for this event after winning last year’s Swedish national championships in the slalom and giant slalom events. She has had some additional international experience, having competed at last year’s six nation deep Special Olympics Winter World Games in Norway. Hagberg was one of six Swedish competitors, with the others including Isabelle Björk, Emma Wiberg, David Persson, Erik Hedegård and Tobias Axelsson.