Team USA earns top finishes at IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in France

By Mary Kate Lau | Jan. 28, 2015, 4:06 p.m. (ET)


Mark Bathum competes in Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games

TIGNES, France - Three-time Paralympic medalist Mark Bathum (Mercer Island, Washington) took home gold and silver in the downhill on Tuesday at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup.

This was the first time racers could participate in downhill at a world cup this season, and two downhill races were contested in each classification. Bathum, along with guide Cade Yamamoto (Quincy, Washington), took the top spot in the second men’s visually impaired downhill  race of the day. The victory was sweet as Bathum defeated Paralympic gold medalist Mac Marcoux, guided by brother BJ Marcoux, of Canada by 0.21 of a second after Marcoux defeated him by 0.27 in the first downhill race.

In the men’s sitting classification, U.S. Coast Guard veteran and five-time Paralympic medalist Chris Devlin-Young (Campton, New Hampshire) finished third in the first downhill race of the day.

2014 Paralympic medalist Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) and guide Rob Umstead won both of the women's visually impaired races, and five-time Paralympic medalist Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts) grabbed two podium finishes as she won bronze in the first race of the day and silver in the second.

Complete results can be found at Paralympic.org.

This world cup in Tignes continues on Thursday with two super-G events to round-off the competition after bad weather forced a schedule change.

The 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships start Feb. 28 and run through March 10 in Panorama, Canada.