Trio of U.S. women reach podium on last day of Tignes world cup

By Katie Branham | Jan. 31, 2014, 3:58 p.m. (ET)
 Laurie Stephens won two medals at the Tignes world cup in the super combined and downhill races.
TIGNES, France – Laurie Stephens led the U.S. women to a trio of podium finishes in the super combined on the final day of competition at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in Tignes, France.

Reigning downhill world champion Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) was in third after the first run of super-G; however, a quick slalom run was enough to move her up to take the silver medal in the women’s sitting class. Stephens also won silver in the downhill earlier in the week.

Six-time Paralympian Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded her first podium finish of the week as she took third in the women’s standing class. Jones turned in two evenly matched runs as she finished third in both the super-G and slalom portion of the super combined.

Two-time Paralympic bronze medalist Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) and her guide Rob Umstead picked up their third podium finish of the competition as they claimed bronze in the women’s visually impaired class. Umstead finished second on the first day of downhill and third on the second day of downhill competition.

Team USA will next compete at the national championships and NorAm Cup in Aspen, Colo., on Feb. 10-13.

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.

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