Smolen is now ranked 20th in the world and he will be competing in his first Olympic games. This will be Eichfeld’s third time competing, having also represented our country in 2008 and 2012.
The two are determined to bring home a medal this year in a field that is consistently dominated by Europeans. U.S. slalom teams haven’t won a medal since 2004 and Smolen and Eichfeld aim to break the grip of the Europeans.
If they do win a medal, it will be the first Olympic medal ever won in the field by Charlotte area resident.
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