Stephanie Jallen is best known for her medal ceremony after winning bronze at Sochi 2014.
Showing the world why she has the nickname ‘Hopper’ Jallen cast away her crutches and did just that – hopped onto the podium to claim her first Paralympic medal in super-G.
But Jallen’s talents extend beyond captivating the world with her celebrations. She has also taken on some of the world’s best standing skiers in recent seasons, winning World Cups and achieving her then best ever overall finish of fifth in 2014-15.
That crowned a season in which she won her first ever World Championships podium, which in turn followed a double bronze at Sochi 2014.
Jallen has shown how serious she is about top-level skiing, giving up many of the normal activities of a teenager to train and compete. She was also involved in a serious crash in 2012 which left her with facial and muscular damage, as well as fractured tibial plateau.
Despite all of the set-backs, Jallen has stuck to her own mantra of ‘Rather than fear the storm ahead, learn to dance in the rain,’ and has emerged as her one of her country’s brightest medal hopes for the coming seasons.
Proving her place amongst the world's top skiers, Jallen hopped three places in the overall women's standing World Cup rankings in 2015-16, finishing second behind France's Marie Bochet. Her final placing was helped by two runner-up trophies in slalom and giant slalom World Cups.
Her next opportunity to shine will come at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.
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Sport specific information
In February 2012 she crashed on a downhill course in Kimberley, BC, Canada. She required 12 stitches to a facial wound, fractured her tibia [shinbone] plateau and partially tore the medial collateral ligament in her knee. She underwent knee surgery in 2013. (citizensvoice.com, 28 Oct 2012; psdispatch.com, 13 Feb 2012; pahomepage.com, 20 Feb 2012; citizensvoice.com, 23 Aug 2017)
She received the Greater Pittston Person of the Year award in 2014 from the Sunday Dispatch newspaper, which is based in Pittston, PA, United States of America. (timesleader.com, 09 Jul 2017)
Her family ensured she did not miss out on anything as she was growing up. "I was never treated any differently from everybody else. When I was younger, I jumped on the trampoline, went rollerblading, played on scooters and skateboards and went swimming. I did everything everyone else did and I think that is all from my family." (YouTube, 14 Mar 2011)
|Women's Super-G Standing||Final Round||2014-03-10||3|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Final Round||2014-03-12||9999|
|Women's Super Combined Standing||Final Round||2014-03-14||3|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Final Round||2014-03-16||9999|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2015-03-04||9999|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2015-03-05||4|
|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2015-03-07||4|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2015-03-08||3|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2015-03-10||9999|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2017-01-25||4|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2017-01-26||5|
|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2017-01-28||9999|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-30||9999|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-31||9999|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Final||2018-03-10||8|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Final||2018-03-11||10|
|Women's Super Combined Standing||Final||2018-03-13||5|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-14||10|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-18||9999|