Daron Rahlves posted a solid second-place finish in St. Johann/Oberndorf, Austria, today, the third of 12 events on the FIS World Cup Ski Cross calendar.
Rahlves finished runner-up to Germany’s Simon Stickl in Qualifying, and the two went on to hold the same spots in the Final. Daron now sits in fifth place in overall World Cup Ski Cross standings.
Rahlves, a former alpine star with 28 World Cup podiums and the 2001 Super G World Championship title under his belt, retired from alpine racing after his third Olympic appearance in 2006. His competitive drive unsatisfied, he returned to racing in 2008, this time in the aggressively competitive discipline of ski cross.
Rahlves won the ski cross event at the Winter X Games the same year, and is now looking to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team to be part of the sport’s Olympic debut in Vancouver.
Next on the World Cup calendar is Les Contamines, France, on Saturday. For more info and to follow Daron’s progress, check out the FIS World Cup site.