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Sep 27 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Teams named

By U.S. Paralympics | Sept. 27, 2012, 1 p.m. (ET)

Laurie Stephens
Laurie Stephens returns to the slopes after winning nine medals during the 2011-12 World Cup season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 26 athletes and guides were named to the 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team. An additional five athletes and guides made the 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Development Team roster.

“I’m very excited for the 2012-13 season.  The return of veteran skiers including Allison Jones, Stephani Victor, Scott Meyer and Jasmin Bambur will add some depth to our already strong Nation’s Cup winning team,” said Kevin Jardine, High Performance Director for U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing. “I expect this to be a breakthrough year for Stephen Lawler, Melanie Schwartz and Stephanie Jallen, and am excited to see how they will perform. We are looking forward to numerous podiums at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and IPC World Cup Finals in Sochi, Russia, this March.”

The 2012-13 World Championships are Feb. 18-27 while the World Cup Finals are March 7-12.

The national team is highlighted by 12 athletes and guides who competed at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, including medalists Mark Bathum (Seattle, Wash.) and guide Slater Storey (Sun Valley, Idaho), Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.), Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.), Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) and guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah) and Victor (Park City, Utah). Alpine skiers combined for 11 medals in Vancouver, the most of any program.

Team USA made the World Cup podium 39 times last season, with the United States capturing the overall Nations Cup. Nichols led the Americans with 10 World Cup medals while Stephens and Umstead won nine medals each. Tyler Walker (Franconia, N.H.) finished the season with four World Cup medals.

Both Heath Calhoun (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Lindsay Ball (Benton, Maine) also contributed to the team overall Nations Cup title with break through performances at the end of the year. Each earned a bronze in giant slalom at the Winter Park, Colo., World Cup.

Athletes on the 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Teams:

2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team

Lindsay Ball (Benton, Maine) and guide Diane Barras (Bethel, Maine) 
Jasmin Bambur (Granby, Colo.)
Mark Bathum (Seattle, Wash.) ^* and guide Slater Storey (Sun Valley, Idaho)^*
Heath Calhoun (Clarksville, Tenn.)^
Ralph Green (Brooklyn, N.Y.)^
Stephanie Jallen (Harding, Pa.)
Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.)^
Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska)
Stephen Lawler (Burlington, Vt.)
Jon Lujan (Littleton, Colo.)
Scott Meyer (Frisco, Colo.)
Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.)^*
Patrick Parnell (Columbia, Conn.)
Gregory Peck (Wasilla, Alaska)
Caitlin Sarubbi (Brooklyn, N.Y.)^ and guide Jamie Sarubbi (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Melanie Schwartz (Toronto, Canada)
Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.)^*
Joe Tompkins (Juneau, Alaska)^
Stephani Victor (Park City, Utah)^*
Tyler Walker (Franconia, N.H.)^
Chris Devlin Young (Campton, N.H.)^Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) ^* and guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah)^*

2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Development Team

Meghan Erickson (Somerset, Wis.)
Sarah Holm (Baraboo, Wis.)
Staci Mannella (Randolph, N.J.) and guide Kim Seevers (Averill Park, N.Y.)
James Stanton (Oakland, Mich.)

^ = 2010 U.S. Paralympian
* = Medalist at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games

For more information on the U.S. Paralympic alpine skiing athletes or program, please contact Kevin Jardine at 970-429-8324 or kevin.jardine@usoc.org



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