- Jamie Stanton skied to his best-ever Paralympic Winter Games finish, coming in fourth.
- Laurie Stephens recorded her third-straight top-five finish in PyeongChang, taking fourth.
- Three American skiers landed in the top-five of their events.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The super combined events were the focal point of the third day of alpine competition Tuesday afternoon at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as Team USA forged nine top-10 finishes. Jamie Stanton (Oakland Township, Michigan) and Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts) posted the top marks, each finishing fourth in their respective classifications.
Stanton’s fourth-place finish in the men’s standing super combined signaled his highest placing ever at the Paralympic Winter Games. He etched a time of 1:29.80 in the super-G portion of the event to enter the slalom 10th overall. A time of 46.75 in the slalom pushed Stanton into fourth place, completing the super combined with a total time of 2:16.55.
Stephens continued to provide consistency as she took fourth in the women’s sitting super combined, her third consecutive top-five finish in PyeongChang. She earned a time of 1:33.06 in the super-G, seeding her fifth heading into slalom. The four-time Paralympian then put up a time of 1:02.68 in the slalom to secure fourth.
4th: Jamie Stanton (Oakland Township, Mich./men’s standing); Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass./women’s sitting)
5th: Stephanie Jallen (Harding, Pa./women’s standing)
6th: Kevin Burton (Erie, Colo./Navy/visually impaired) and Brandon Powell-Ashby (Boulder, Colo./Marines/guide); Josh Elliott (Yakima, Wash./Marines/men’s sitting)
7th: Mark Bathum (Seattle, Wash./men’s visually impaired) and Cade Yamamoto (Quincy, Wash./guide); Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska/men’s sitting)
8th: Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah/women’s visually impaired) and Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah/guide); Melanie Schwartz (Aspen, Colo./women’s standing)
12th: Jasmin Bambur (Granby, Colo.)
“It feels absolutely awesome to record my career-best finish! Fourth place in the super combined is something that I am very proud of and something I have worked very hard on for a long time. I knew I had a good chance to be on or near the podium today and I was able to execute my game plan very well.”
“The competition has been great so far. The venue is amazing and the courses have been challenging and extremely fun to race. I think my best skiing has yet to come and I feel very confident in myself moving forward. I am going to take the positives out of today and bring them into my skiing as this week continues.”
“Of course a fourth-place finish is disappointing, but I’m going to focus on my slalom in the coming days and use today’s finish as a motivational tool to reach the podium when the slalom race comes around. I have a lot of really good things going on in my skiing and I can’t wait to put down two solid runs in the coming days.”
“I was pretty happy with my skiing in the super-G portion. There are definitely places I can improve and clean up, but overall I was happy with it. In the slalom portion, I was trying to be aggressive and keep my momentum going and not drop my speed. I think overall that was successful.”
U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Medal Count: 3
Gold: 1 - Kurka (downhill)
Silver: 1 - Kurka (super-G)
Bronze: 1 - Stephens (downhill)
Competition continues tomorrow with giant slalom for both men and women. The event was originally scheduled for March 17 for the men and March 18 for the women, but was rescheduled for March 14 due to weather conditions. Skiing starts at 9:30 a.m. KST (Wednesday, March 14)/8:30 p.m. EST (Tuesday, March 13).
NBC Olympics is providing 250 hours of coverage from PyeongChang, including 94 hours on television, which is NBC Olympics’ most ever for a Paralympic Winter Games. View the complete TV and streaming schedule here.