Team USA Medal Tracker: 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships

By U.S. Paralympics | Jan. 21, 2019, 12:52 p.m. (ET)
Thomas Walsh competes in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The U.S. will compete in its first major championship after the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and Sella Nevea, Italy from Jan. 21-Feb. 1.

Team USA will face its first major international competition of the season after the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships. The event, taking place at two countries for the first time - Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and Sella Nevea, Italy - will run from Jan. 21-Feb. 1 and contest slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined. At the last edition of the world championships in 2017, the U.S. won five medals led by a standout performance from Kurka who captured three medals, including his first world title in the downhill event. The Paralympic champion will be the one to beat in the men's sitting competition at the world championships. The U.S. has had limited time on the snow due to weather and snow conditions but showed promise at the world cup last week in Zagreb, Croatia as Thomas Walsh and Spencer Wood each took home medals, including the first-ever career world cup podium for Wood.

Follow results from Kranjska Gora and Sella Nevea with the Team USA medal tracker:
Team USA tracker graphic for 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia.


Monday, January 21 - Giant Slalom (Men)

Thomas Walsh wins first worlds medal with bronze to open competition

On the opening day of competition, Thomas Walsh secured Team USA's first world championship medal with bronze in the men's giant slalom standing event. Sitting in third after his first run, Walsh held on for his first career world championship medal with a combined time of 2:07.33, 

BRONZE

  • Thomas Walsh - men's standing

Top-10 Finishes

  • 6th: Andrew Kurka - men's sitting

Thomas Walsh, pictured on the podium, captured bronze on the opening day of competition at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships.


Tuesday, January 22 Giant Slalom (Women)

U.S. women fall short on tough first day of giant slalom

On a difficult first day of giant slalom competition, Team USA sit-skiers Laurie Stephens and Anna Beninati weren't able to piece together two runs, resulting in a DNF (did not finish). Beninati, who made her world championship debut, was able to complete her first run in 1:28.26, which put her in fifth place, before she was unable to finish her second run. The U.S. women will seek to regain momentum in slalom competition on Thursday.

Laurie Stephens competes in giant slalom at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.


Wednesday, January 23Slalom (Men)

Top-10 finishes for Team USA men in slalom competition

Two U.S. men placed in the top 10 amongst slalom competitiors in their class on the third day of competition in Kranjska Gora. Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann finished sixth in the visually impaired class while Spencer Wood placed ninth in the standing division. Four other U.S. racers - Thomas Walsh, Connor Hogan, Andrew Haraghey, and Andrew Kurka - failed to finish and will seek redemption in speed races beginning Tuesday with downhill.

Top-10 Finishes

  • 6th: Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann - men's visually impaired
  • 9th: Spencer Wood - men's standing

Thursday, January 24Slalom (Women)

Beninati finishes fifth in world championship debut

Anna Beninati, who is in her second season with the national team, placed fifth for her first top-five finish in her world championship debut. The 25-year-old registered a DNF in her first race in giant slalom on Tuesday after crashing on her second run but was able to complete both runs in today's race. She will have a break before she aims for the podium again in speed races beginning Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 30 - Downhill (Men and Women)

Top-10 finishes for Team USA in downhill events

Top-10 Finishes

  • 4th: Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann - men's downhill vision impaired
  • 5th: Laurie Stephens - women's downhill sitting
  • 6th: Thomas Walsh- men's downhill standing

Andrew Kurka competes at the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Championships.

Thursday, January 31 - Super combined, Super-G (Men and Women)

Walsh and Stephens earn bronze medals

Thomas Walsh picked up his second medal at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in the men's standing super combined while Laurie Stephens picked up her first medal of the competition in the women's sitting super-G. The super combined races were originally scheduled for Friday but were moved due to anticipated weather. The super-G portion of Thursday's race counted as an individual event as well as a part of the super combined, with athletes contesting for medals in both events. Walsh solidified his best-ever championship performance with Thursday's race, Walsh edged Robin Cuche of Switzerland to land on the podium. Stephens, who was the Paralympic champion in the discipline at Turin 2006, has previously struggled to reach the podium in super-G at a major competition until her bronze finish in Sella Nevea.

BRONZE

  • Thomas Walsh - super combined
  • Laurie Stephens - super-G

Team USA Finishes

  • 4th: Laurie Stephens (super combined) - women's sitting
  • 5th: Anna Beninati (super combined, super-G) - women's sitting, Thomas Walsh (super-G) - men's standing
  • 6th: Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann (super-G) - men's visually impaired
  • 7th: Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann (super combined) - men's visually impaired
  • 9th: Spencer Wood (super combined) - men's standing

Thomas Walsh, pictured on the podium, won bronze in the men's standing super combined at the 2019 World Para Alpine Championships in Sella Nevea, Italy.

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Team USA wrapped up competition at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships with three bronze medals highlighted by performances by Thomas Walsh and Laurie Stephens. Walsh had the best championship performance of his career, bookending the event with medals on the first and final day in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia and Sella Nevea, Italy in the men's giant slalom and super combined standing. Stephens was able to pick up her first medal of the competition, and eighth career world championship podium, in the women’s super-G sitting. The U.S. grabbed 16 total top-10 finishes from six athletes. The team will return to the world cup circuit in Veysonnaz, Switzerland from Feb. 6-10 with super-G and giant slalom races. 

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