Stephens, Walker ski to top of podium in Aspen

By Katie Branham | Dec. 12, 2014, 12:02 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ― U.S. Paralympics alpine skier Tyler Walker went undefeated in his first appearance since an epic crash at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in March. Competing in the giant slalom and the slalom on Dec. 9-10 at a NorAm Cup and in the same two races again Dec. 11-12 at an International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing event, Walker (Franconia, N.H.) picked up four wins total in the men’s sitting category.

Walker was one of the top Team USA performers as Paralympic-eligible skiers from across the world opened up the 2014-15 season. Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts), a women’s sitting competitor who trains with Walker in Aspen, won both the giant slalom and the slalom races at the NorAm then won the giant slalom at the IPCAS event Thursday before taking second today in slalom.

Other gold medal performances include Jamie Stanton’s (Clinton Township, Michigan) win in the NorAm giant slalom for the men’s standing classification and Thomas Walsh in the IPCAS giant slalom. Kevin Burton (Boulder, Colorado) took the top spot in the IPCAS giant slalom and Brian Follett (Aspen, Colorado) won the men’s visually impaired IPCAS slalom.

On the women’s side, Stephanie Jallen (Harding, Pennsylvania) won gold in the NorAm slalom and IPCAS giant slalom women’s standing races. Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) raced uncontested in the women’s visually impaired events.

Team USA had 34 total podium appearances in Aspen. For complete results, click here.

Winter Park, Colorado, hosts the next international race on U.S. soil, IPCAS giant slalom and slalom races Jan. 4-6.

The IPCAS World Cup season opens Jan. 8-11 in La Molina, Spain, with races in Tignes, France, and St. Moritz, Switzerland, also scheduled on the circuit. The world championships are in Panorama, B.C., Feb. 28-March 10.