Tompkins, Nichols win overall downhill titles
ASPEN, Colo. -- The second day of World Cup finals was underway on Wednesday, as the racers charged in the downhill in Aspen. Joe Tompkins (Juneau, AK; sit-ski) and Laurie Stephens (Wenham, MA; sit-ski) found themselves on top of the podium in their respective disciplines. Tompkins and Alana Nichols (Farmington, NM; sit-ski) captured the World Cup overall downhill globe with the completion of the race.
It was a sunny warm day in Aspen as this season's top racers came to compete in the first World Cups of the season in the U.S. After Tuesday's race, race officials decided to do some course maintence in preparation for downhill number two.
"They groomed the hill last night because it was getting a little rough yesterday," explained Assistant Adaptive Alpine Coach Ian Garner. "It was a little smoother in some spots, but the same course."
Tompkins and Stephens won along with Australia's Marty Mayberry and Frances Solebe Jambaque in the standing division and Slovakia's Jakub Krako and Czech Republic's Anna Kuliskova in the visually impaired classification.
Tompkins marked his second win during World Cup Finals winning both downhills to date. Tompkins finished the day an impressive 1.78 seconds ahead of the field. Mark Bathum (Seattle, WA; visually impaired) added a second podium to his belt, finishing in second. Ralph Green (Vail, CO; standing) earned his first top five finish in a World Cup, landing the fifth spot.
"Ralph Green getting his first World Cup top five was pretty stellar," said Garner.
Stephens captured the win, talling two podium in two races. Nichols trailed Stephens scoring the third and final spot on the women's sit-ski podium. Allison Jones (Winter Park, CO; standing) and Danelle Umstead (Taos, NM; visually impaired) made it two, two days in a row, posting another second place finish and podium.
Tompkins and Nichols both clinched the World Cup overall downhill title with Wednesday's results. Tompkins, a ski racing veteran, focused mostly on downhill this season, while nichols won the globe in her rookie World Cup seaon.
"It's Alana's first year racing World Cups and she won the downhill overall and for Joe, he's been at the sport a long time," said Garner. "For them to win the downhill overall was awesome, especially going into the Paralympics."
World Cup finals continue at Aspen on Thursday with the super combined. The super combined will be comprised of a super G run and a slalom run.
"Aspen has put on a great event so far," said Garner. "Hopefully the weather cooperates and our success continues."
March 3, 2010
1. Joe Tompkins, Juneau, AK, 1:12.33
2. Sean Rose, Great Britain, 1:14.11
3. Thomas Nolte, Germany, 1:15.18
4. Yohann Taberlet, France, 1:15.74
5. Jong Seork Park, Korea, 1:16.20
9. Tyler Walker, Franconia, NH, 1:17.15
11. Carl Burnett, Winter Park, CO, 1:18.02
DNF: Chris Devlin-Young, Campton, NH, Heath Calhoun, Aspen, CO, Erik Bayindirli, Deer Mountain, UT
1. Marty Mayberry, Australia, 1:16.02
2. Gerd Schoenfelder, Germany, 1:16.15
3. Toby Kane, Australia, 1:16.38
4. Michael Bruegger, Switzerland, 1:16.81
5. Ralph Green, Vail, CO, 1:17.31
9. George Sansonetis, Leadville, CO, 1:18.15
14. Monte Meier, Park City, UT, 1:19.47
17. John Whitney, Towson, MD, 1:19.83
Men Visually Impaired
1. Jakub Krako, Slovakia, 1:12.33
2. Mark Bathum, Seattle, WA, 1:12.51
3. Nicolas Berejny, France, 1:13.03
4. Gabriel Gorce, Spain, 1:13.17
5. Michal Beladic, 1:15.22
1. Laurie Stephens, Wenham, MA, 1:18.18
2. Claudia Loesch, Austria, 1:21.07
3. Alana Nichols, Farmington, NM, 1:23.04
1. Solene Jambaque, France, 1:19.85
2. Allison Jones, Winter Park, CO, 1:21.59
3. Melania Corradini, Italy, 1:23.98
4. Marie Bochet, France, 1:24.35
5. Andrea Ruthfuss, Germany, 1:24.76
Women Visually Impaired
1. Anna Kuliskova, Caech Republic, 1:23.12
2. Danelle Umstead, Taos, NM, 1:25.24
3. Melissa Perrine, Australia, 1:25.31
4. Anna Cohi, Spain, 1:31.04
5. Caitlin Sarubbi, Brooklyn, NY, 1:31.59