Walker, Umstead win overall world cup globes

By Katie Branham | Feb. 26, 2014, 4:14 p.m. (ET)
 Tyler Walker won the overall world cup title in the men's sitting class, while Danelle Umstead took top honors in the women's visually impaired class.

TARVISIO, Italy – Tyler Walker and Danelle Umstead won overall world cup globes, while Allison Jones won two individual races as the world cup series concluded at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup Final today in Tarvisio, Italy.

Team USA notched 18 podium finishes for the overall world cup standings and earned 10 podium finishes in today’s super combined and super-G competition, which includes one run of super-G and one run of slalom.

Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) clocked the fastest times in the women’s standing super-G and slalom runs. The super-G was scored independently, with Jones taking the win over Inga Medvedeva of Russia by nearly two and a half seconds. Jones separated herself from the field even more after the slalom run and won the super combined by nearly four seconds over Medvedeva. Her victories today give her nine world cup podium finishes in the past two months.

Other Team USA athletes with podium finishes in today’s competition included: Mark Bathum (Mercer Island, Wash.) and guide Cade Yamamoto (Quincy, Wash.),first in the men’s visually impaired super-G and second in the super combined; Umstead and her guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah),second in the women’s  visually impaired super-G and super combined; Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.), second in the women’s sitting super-G and super combined and Stephani Victor (Park City, Utah),third in the women’s sitting super-G and super combined.

With the world cup season concluding, titles were awarded in the disciplines of speed, super combined, giant slalom and slalom and for the overall world cup title.

Umstead walked away from the world cup circuit with three globe trophies to add to her collection. She won first place for speed, slalom and the overall title in the women’s visually impaired class.

Walker (Franconia, N.H.) won the overall globe for the men’s sitting class, with discipline wins in speed and slalom, and a third place in the giant slalom.

Stephens finished second in the women’s sitting overall standings, with a discipline win in the super combined and runner-up finishes in speed and giant slalom.

Victor grabbed the third spot in the women’s sitting overall standings, with a second-place in the slalom and third place in the giant slalom standings.

Other athletes finishing in podium spots in the overall standings include: Jones third in the women’s standing super combined; Chris Devlin-Young (Bethlehem, N.H.)  second in the men’s sitting speed  events and Heath Calhoun (Bristol, Tenn.) second in the men’s sitting slalom.

The world cup finals mark the last competition for Team USA before competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia March 7-16.

Complete results and more information are available at Paralympic.org.