COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Today U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced that 21 athletes and four guides have been named to the 2013-2014 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team.
"After the incredible results we had in the Sochi 2013 world cup finals, I am very confident that we will have a powerful team this year," said Kevin Jardine, high performance director, U.S. Paralympics alpine skiing and snowboarding programs. "The experience and leadership on this team will ensure that we are strong contenders in Sochi."
The team is comprised of 11 U.S. Paralympians, including five females who are Paralympic medalists. Alana Nichols was the top performer in at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, where she won four medals (two gold, silver, bronze) and became the first female U.S. Paralympian to win a gold medal in both a winter and summer sport (gold, women's wheelchair basketball).
The men's side is flanked by a solid mix of seasoned Games competitors and hopefuls, as well as three military veterans: Heath Calhoun, Chris Devlin-Young and Jon Lujan.
The 2013-14 world cup season kicks off on Aug. 22 in Coronet Peak, New Zealand.
2013-2014 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team roster
*Denotes U.S. Paralympians
Jasmin Bambur (Granby, Colo.)
*Mark Bathum (Seattle, Wash.) and guide Slater Storey (Sun Valley, Idaho)
*Heath Calhoun (Clarksville, Tenn.), Army veteran
*Chris Devlin Young (Campton, N.H.), Coast Guard veteran
*Ralph Green (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
*Gerald Hayden (Merced, Calif.)
Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska)
Stephen Lawler (Burlington, Vt.)
Jon Lujan (Littleton, Colo.), Marine Corps veteran
Scott Meyer (Frisco, Colo.)
James Stanton (Rochester Hills, Mich.)
*Tyler Walker (Franconia, N.H.)
Lindsay Ball (Benton, ME) and guide Diane Barras (Bethel, Maine)
Stephanie Jallen (Harding, Pa.)
*Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Staci Mannella (Randolph, N.J.) and guide Kim Seevers (Averill Park, N.Y.)
*Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.)
Melanie Schwartz (Toronto, Canada)
*Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.)
*Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) and guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah)
*Stephani Victor (Park City, Utah)
The 2014 U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team that will compete in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be nominated on Feb. 17, 2014. A spot on the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team does not guarantee a roster spot for the Paralympic Winter Games.For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-866-2039.