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U.S. Alpine Skiers Fall To Britain—But Have A Lot Of Fun—At Inaugural Olympic Team Event

Feb 27, 2018   |   Team USA

Team USA posted a feature story about the debut of the alpine team event at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, which mentions that four of six members of Team USA were Dartmouth graduates, including Dartmouth engineer David Chodounsky '08.

"Due to bad luck, David Chodounsky, Nolan Kasper, Megan McJames and Tricia Mangan did not advance beyond the first-round 1/8 final against Great Britain," wrote Team USA. "Chodounsky lost his pole at the start and couldn't lay down the run that he wanted.

"'It would have been nice to do better,' said Chodounsky after his run. 'This is one of my favorite events, for sure. I feel like I’m pretty good at it, just a little bit of bad luck today.'

"Without a pole, Chodounsky could not cross-block the paneled gates and instead had to ski 'old school,' or around the gates rather than pushing them out of the way.

"'But we had a fast team,' he added. 'We were training together yesterday. We don’t get to train this very often so it was a lot of fun yesterday just working together, seeing how fast we could get out of the start.'"

What an amazing last two weeks it's been! I've been on an emotional rollercoaster: from feeling fully confident to be a medal contender to doubting if I could even ski after a back injury just two days before the Olympic slalom. Thank you to the best staff I could ask for (@ianloch, @iangarner1, @forestcarey, Yoshi, @parker_gray79 and Skube-doo) and PT @sarahkgillespie for getting me back in shape to not only allow me to ski, but actually compete in these Olympic games! My 18th place finish wasn't all I had hoped for, but I gave it everything I had against the best in the world with my ever-supportive parents cheering me on in the stands, and that is my Olympic dream come true. I am incredibly humbled and honored to have represented my country one more and final time in these Olympic games! To all my family, friends, and supporters, thank you, thank you, thank you! ���� #pyeongchang2018 @teamusa @pyeongchang2018

A post shared by David Chodounsky (@dchodounsky) on Feb 25, 2018 at 4:37pm PST

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