GOMS, SWITZERLAND – University of Alaska Anchorage Nordic skier Hailey Swirbul earned her second medal at World Juniors Thursday.
Swirbul finished third in the skiathlon with a time of 33:31.9.
Heavy snows dominated the race that covered four hilly laps. Hailey was positioned in roughly 12th place amongst the lead pack over the first five-kilometers of the classic race. She moved up to around sixth at the halfway point when they switched skies for the freestyle race.
Eventual race leader Frida Karlsson created a substantial gap after about 1.5-kilometers that would grow to nearly 36 seconds by the end of the race.
Swirbul and Norwegian Lone Johansen battled for the second spot, which Johansen took by outsprinting Swirbul 50 meters from the line. Johansen beat Swirbul by 0.7 seconds.
The medal is the second for Swirbul who earned a silver in the five-kilometer classic earlier in the week.
Fellow UAA Seawolf Natalie Hynes, who is competing for Team Canada, finished 24th (35:35.7).