Team USA earns three more golds on day two of IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm

By U.S. Paralympics | Dec. 08, 2013, 8:04 p.m. (ET)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo.  – The U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team continued its success Sunday at the IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm at Copper Mountain Resort, racing to three additional victories in super-G events.

After taking the top spot Saturday in the women’s standing division, six-time Paralympian Allison Jones earned a second super-G gold on Sunday.

Vancouver 2010 Paralympic silver medalist Mark Bathum secured a second straight victory on day two of competition, having won super-G gold Saturday too in the men’s visually-impaired classification.

Team USA’s female sit-skiers also shined Sunday in the super-G. Vancouver 2010 Paralympic silver medalist and current downhill world champion Laurie Stephens raced to gold, while three-time Paralympic medalist Stephani Victor earned bronze. Both were on the podium Saturday as well.

In the men’s sitting division, four-time Paralympic medalist Chris Devlin-Young was not far from the podium, finishing in fifth place. Tyler Walker, who took home silver Saturday in the men’s sitting division, did not finish Sunday’s race.

Also competing for Team USA were Danelle Umstead with guide Rob Umstead and Staci Mannella with guide Kim Seevers (women’s visually-impaired), Melanie Schwartz and Stephanie Jallen (women’s standing), James Stanton, Ralph Green and Jon Lujan (men’s standing), and Heath Calhoun and Jasmin Bambur (men’s sitting).

The Copper Mountain NorAm continues through Dec. 12 with slalom and giant slalom events.  

Results from the NorAm will count toward both world rankings and qualification for future world cup events. Skiers’ performances at world cups will ultimately determine the U.S. Team that will compete at the Sochi Paralympic Games.

To qualify for world cups and ultimately the Paralympic Games in each discipline, athletes must remain under a certain point threshold throughout the competition season, with fewer points given to higher finishing places.

The next IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm is set for Jan. 1-3 in Winter Park, Colo. The national team will race in its first world cup of the season Jan. 8-14 in Panorama, Canada.

For more information, please contact Caryn Maconi, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2196 or Caryn.maconi@usoc.org.

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