Jallen finishes fifth in women’s super combined at Pyeongchang

March 13th, 2018 9:44 am

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Stephanie Jallen, of Harding, led Team USA Tuesday with fifth in the women’s super combined in the 2018 Paralympic Games. Teammates Melanie Schwartz. of Aspen, CO, was eighth and Ally Kunkel, of Steamboat Springs, CO did not finish after going out in the slalom portion of the race.

Kunkel was born with an underdeveloped right arm due to a congenital limb condition known as dysmelia.

Schwartz is a congenital leg amputee who is also missing most of her right hip. She races on one ski with two outriggers, which are poles with ski tips at the bottom.

Jallen, who captured two bronze medals at the 2014 Paralympics, was born with a rare birth defect called CHILDS, Congenital Hemidysplasia with Ichthyosiform Erythroderma and Limb Defects Syndrome.