U.S. Super G champs claim titles
BIG SKY, MT – Tuesday’s super G race at Big Sky wrapped up the speed portion of U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships. Five athletes won the super G title, Carl Burnett (Winter Park, CO; sit-ski), George Sansonetis (Fraser, CO; standing), Laurie Stephens (Wenham, MA; sit-ski), Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, CO; standing) and Danelle Umstead (Taos, NM; visually impaired).
Tough weather conditions did not slow down the athletes competing in the U.S. super G championship Tuesday, with snow dumping out of the sky. Instead, athletes crowded the start, waiting to get into the gate to charge the course, in hopes of a winning time.
“Today was a difficult day. We got about four to six inches last night,” explained Sansonetis. “When we got to the hill today it was pretty nice for inspection, but by the time we ran, it was snowing heavily and visibility was very poor.”
Serbia’s Jasmin Bambur plowed through the heavy snow fall to win the men’s sitting. Burnett followed Bambur to take second and the U.S. super title. Sansonetis led the men’s standing field, with new comer Ted Broderick (Amherst. NH; sit-ski) making a statement posting his second third place finish of the championships. Both Burnett and Sansonetis are two for two in the 2010 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships.
“I’m doubling up on what I tried to do last year,” said Sanonetis. “Unfortunately I broke my arm in the downhill last year.”
In the women’s race, Stephens captured her first title of the series, winning the sitting classification. Jones, like Burnett and Sansonetis, won her second 2010 U.S. Championship title, while Umstead, coming off Paralympic medals and World Cup globes, won the visually impaired division.
“It’s pretty good. I’ve ranked fifth in the guys yesterday and third today,” said Jones. “That’s not too bad considering conditions.”
The GS will be the next race held at U.S. Championships on Thursday, March 31, followed by the slalom on Friday. With no races Wednesday, racers will have a chance to enjoy the fresh snow.
“It’s dumping,” said Jones. “It’s going to be awesome tomorrow!”
U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships
Big Sky, MT
March 30, 2010
1. Jasmin Bambur, Serbia, 1:11.67
2. Carl Burnett, Winter Park, CO, 1:12.38
3. Erik Bayindirli, Deer Mountain, UT, 1:13.67
4. Joe Tompkins, Juneau, AK, 1:15.81
5. Heath Calhoun, Clarksville, TN, 1:16.22
DNF: Chris Devlin-Young, Campton, NH; Tyler Walker, Franconia, NH
1. George Sansonetis, Fraser, CO, 1:15.97
2. Ralph Green, Vail, CO, 1:19.76
3. Ted Broderick, Amherst, NH, 1:22.16
4. Ian Jansing, Granby, CO, 1:23.85
5. Alex Tomaszewski, Wells, ME, 1:26.02
DNF: John Whitney, Towson, MD
1. Laurie Stephens, Wenham, MA, 1:19.55
2. Ricci Kilgore, Reno, NV, 1:35.11
3. Sylvie Fadrhonc, Basalt, CO, 1:40.73
DNF: Alana Nichols, Farmington, NM
1. Allison Jones, Colorado Springs, CO, 1:21.98
Women’s Visually Impaired
1. Danelle Umstead, Taos, NM, 1:22.87
2. Caitie Sarubbi, Brooklyn, NY, 1:36.30
3. Lindsay Ball, Benton, ME, 1:42.55