U.S. takes nine of 12 podiums in Winter Park

Dec. 21, 2009, 1:42 p.m. (ET)

WINTER PARK, CO (Dec. 18) - The U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team represented the U.S. well winning nine out of a possible 12 podiums. The Team raced in Friday's Winter Park Open super G and super combined NorAm Cups

"We're really excited, the NorAm Cups are a great warm-up for our World Cups starting in January," said U.S. Adaptive Alpine Coach Ian Gardner. "We're really psyched on how everyone is skiing."

U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team members won all but one of the super G classifications. Breaking the across the board sweep was Australia's Toby Kane in the men's standing division.

Monte Meier (Park City, UT), John Whitney (Towson, MD), and Ralph Green (Vail, CO) finished strong taking places eighth, ninth, and tenth in the standing classification. Tyler Walker (Franconia, NH) was victorious winning the men's sitting category. Mark Bathum (Seattle, WA) landed on top for the men's visually impaired division.

The women swept all classifications. Danelle Umstead (Taos, NM) topped the podium, with teammate Caitie Sarubbi (Brooklyn, NY) in third for the women's visually impaired classification. Stephani Victor (Park City, UT), Laurie Stephens (Wenham, MA), and Alana Nichols (Farmington, MN) took all three spots on the podium in the women's sitting division. Allison Jones (Winter, Park, CO) clinched the win for the women's standing division.
In the super combined race the U.S. grabbed four of the six possible wins. Kane topped the men's standing classification podium with Meier trailing in fifth. Canada's Josh Dueck took the men's sitting win followed by Carl Burnett (Winter Park, CO) in second. Bathum made it two, winning the men's visually impaired division.

Jones, repeated with another win in the women's standing classification. Umstead beat out teammate Sarubbi for the win in the women's visually impaired category. Once again the U.S. swept the women's sitting podium with Victor, Stephens, and Nichols placing first, second, and third.

The Winter Park Open was the last race of the year for the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team. The Team will take a short break for the holidays before heading over to Europe for World Cup races.

"It was great to end on a nice sunny day in Winter Park" said Gardner.