Umstead takes bronze at Tignes world cup

By Katie Branham | Jan. 29, 2014, 6:12 p.m. (ET)
 Dannelle Umstead earned her ninth world cup podium of the season in the downhill in Tignes.

TIGNES, France – Danelle Umstead led Team USA with a bronze medal on the second day of downhill competition at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in Tignes, France, today.

Umstead (Park City, Utah) partnered with her husband and guide, Rob Umstead, to record her ninth world cup podium of the season in the women’s visually impaired class. Umstead finished only three-and-a-half seconds back from first-place Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell of Great Britain.

“We’re excited to get the bronze today in the downhill,” Danelle Umstead said. “This is our first time to race at Tignes - great hill, wonderful crew, and lots of snow.

“We felt like we skied pretty well today, and we are thankful to our coaches and tech who all help us to get faster. We found speed in areas that we had talked about, and we made some mistakes, but know what to work on.”

Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished just shy of the podium in fourth place in the women’s standing class.

In the men’s sitting class, Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska) was also close to a podium finish as less than half a second separated his fifth place finish from a podium position.

Competition in Tignes will run through Friday with giant slalom and super combined races.

At each world cup event, athletes will earn points that help determine world rankings and qualification for Paralympic events. Scoring is based on finishing place, with athletes aiming for as few points as possible. To qualify for world cups and ultimately the Paralympic Winter Games in each discipline, athletes must remain under a certain point threshold.

The U.S. team that will compete in alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be named in early February.

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