T&T's Abigail Viera was hoping to build on the progress she made in her previous event at the Winter Youth Olympic Games ongoing in Lausanne, Switzerland, but a 45th-place finish in run one and an incompletion in the second run of the Giant Slalom saw her not finish among the medals on Sunday.
On the Willy Favre course, the first-ever T&T skier at the youth event faced a daunting task after the opening run where she clocked 1:15.03 to place lower down the order out of the 78 starters. Finland's Rosa Pohjolainen (1:04.99), Sweden's Hanna Aronsson Elfman (1:05.38) and Frenchwoman Caitlin McFarlane (1:05.48) took the top three spots respectively heading into run two at Les Diablerets Alpine Centre.
Viera was among 16 competitors that did not finish the second run, which was eventually won by Switzerland’s Amelie Klopfenstein, who earned her second gold medal of the Youth Winter Games.
After the first run, the home favourite was in fifth place and did enough to make up in the second run to top the podium for the second time in three days when she crossed in 1:03.07, the second-fastest run, for a total time of 2:08.68. Pohjolainen was the eventual silver medallist with an overall 2:08.82-clocking and Austrian Amanda Salzgber (2:08.83) was the bronze medallist.
On Friday, the Swiss skier won the Super-G where local skier Viera made her debut, placing 42nd. She improved in the Alpine Combined by nine places the following day, finishing 33rd.
Today, the women's skiers get a break and return to action on Tuesday to tackle the two runs in the Slalom event.