Walker reaches podium for a second time at Tignes world cup
|Tyler Walker won silver in the men's giant slalom in Tignes, France.|
TIGNES, France – Tyler Walker recorded his second podium finish at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in Tignes, France, today as he took second in the men’s sitting giant slalom.
Walker (Franconia, N.H.) finished less than two seconds behind Christoph Kunz of Switzerland to take the runner-up spot. The course proved to be a challenge, with more than half of the field unable to finish the two runs.
Earlier in the week Walker finished as the runner-up on the first day of downhill competition. Walker has now finished on the podium five times during world cup competition this season.
On the women’s side, Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) finished just shy of the podium as she took fourth in the women’s sitting class. Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished less than two seconds short of a podium finish in the women’s standing class as she took sixth.
Competition in Tignes concludes tomorrow with the super combined race.
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.
Complete results and more information are available at Paralympic.org.