Harding’s Stephanie Jallen heads into the final of the five events she entered in the 2018 Paralympic Games at PyeongChang, South Korea Saturday night, completing her second trip to the Paralympic Games in four years.
Jallen is awaiting the slalom, where she is currently ranked sixth in the world, to begin.
Going into this year’s games, Jallen, 22, maintained a Top 10 world status in all five disciplines with the exception of Giant Slalom where she is ranked No. 11.
Although Jallen, a two-time bronze medal winner from the 2014 Paralympic Games, hasn’t experienced the storybook ending she had at Sochi, Russia, in 2014, she has been having a great Paralympic experience.
“It’s been very exciting and I still have a race left so I’m trying to stay focused and be as prepared as I can be mentally,” Jallen said via a text message. She has successfully finished all four events she’s competed in without a DNF (did not finish).
Over the last two seasons, Jallen has been hampered by a bad ankle and, at the completion of the 2016-2017 season; she had surgery to repair damage. Surgery set her back six months during the spring and summer of 2017 when she was unable to train.
Since this past January, she had two injections to help her get through the Games. She has surgery scheduled on May 5 to repair bone spurs, chronic tendonitis and a split tendon. “There’s a lot going on in my ankle right now,” she said.
Surgeons have assured Jallen the May surgery would eliminate and repair all damage.
“I plan on taking off the summer to recuperate from surgery and go back to school this coming fall and then take the spring semester of 2019 off to compete in World Cup,” Jallen added.
Her best finish at PyeongChang to date has been a fifth place in the Super Combined, which consists of one downhill and one slalom run combining both times for a final score.
During the Super Combined, Jallen finished eighth overall in the downhill, but managed to finish first in the slalom, combining her score to a fifth place finish.
Going into Saturday night’s final event, Jallen is excited, hoping to take her world ranking of No. 6 and turn it in to a podium finish.
With the 2018 Games a thing of the past, she will now focus on getting her ankle back to 100%.
Jallen is a member of Team Toyota where she is in the middle of a two-year commitment; therefore, fans will see her back on the tour competing in the 2018-2019 season.
The closing ceremony for the 2018 Paralympic Games will be broadcast at 11:30 p.m. Sunday on NBCSN.
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