Colby Granstrom may not be Olympic-ready just yet, but that didn’t stop the ski racer from Lake Stevens from winning on a world stage.
Granstrom, 19, won a gold medal Thursday at the World Junior Championships in France. Granstrom, a member of the U.S. Development Team, won gold in the combined, an event that combines the times from two slalom runs and a downhill run to determine the winner. He finished seventh in the slalom Tuesday, and 15th in the downhill Thursday, and his overall time was the best in the field.
“I can’t believe it. I was trying for a medal in every event but for it to actually happen — to go up and hear the national anthem — it’s pretty surreal,” Granstrom told reporters after the race in Megeve, France. “This is when I was trying to peak and this is the race that I was looking forward to all prep period during the summer and through all those days in the gym.”
Granstrom, who trains at Mission Ridge in Wenatchee, also finished 11th in the giant slalom held Sunday.