COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 13 athletes and two guides will represent the United States at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Championships, Feb. 18-28, in La Molina, Spain. Ten athletes and two guides will also make up the U.S. team at the 2013 IPC World Cup Finals, March 7-12, in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
“With a little over a year until the start of the next Paralympic Winter Games, I am very excited about the direction of the U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing program,” said Kevin Jardine, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing. “We are sending very talented teams to La Molina, Spain, for the world championships and Sochi, Russia, for the World Cup Final. While some athletes are pursing consecutive titles, others are ready to make the first podium appearances of their international skiing careers. The next couple of months will have a huge part in the road to the Games.”
Highlighting the U.S. roster for the world championships are Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.), who hopes to defend her two victories from the 2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, and Chris Devlin-Young (Campton, N.H.), a Coast Guard veteran and reigning world champion in men’s sitting super G. Nichols won gold in the women’s sitting downhill and super G and bronze medals in slalom and giant slalom.
Team USA won three gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals for eight medals overall in Sestriere. Nichols led the U.S. medal count with four while Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) collected three medals, silver in women’s sitting super G and downhill and a bronze in women’s sitting super combined.
Following the world championships, Team USA heads to the World Cup Finals. The competition serves as the alpine skiing test event for the Paralympic Winter Games, scheduled for March 7-16, 2014, in Sochi.
At the 2012 IPC World Cup Finals in Panorama, B.C., Team USA finished with eight globes and 12 medals, including a gold medal for Tyler Walker (Franconia, N.H.). After being ranked sixth in 2011, Team USA won the overall team title at the World Cup Finals with 4,657 points. Russia came in second with 4,151 and France with 4,087.
In Panorama, Nichols wrapped up her alpine skiing season with three gold medals and one silver, as well as a globe trophy for women’s sitting speed events. Stephens, who won the globe in giant slalom, finished with two silver medals in super G events.
U.S. roster for the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship
U.S. roster for the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Final