Team USA Medal Tracker: Para Alpine Skiing World Cup La Molina

By U.S. Paralympics | March 11, 2019, 12:05 p.m. (ET)

Alpine skier Spencer Wood competes at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Laurie Stephens, pictured above in the giant slalom, is looking to build on her five medals won this season at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain. 

Team USA heads to another world cup competition, taking the slopes in La Molina, Spain, for the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup. American Para alpine skiers most recently competed at the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland from Feb. 6-10, during which Team USA collected a total of 11 medals - four silvers and seven bronzes. This is the first time La Molina has hosted an event since 2015. This is the final world cup before the world cup finals from March 19-21,


Follow results from La Molina with the Team USA medal tracker:

 


Monday, March 11 - Giant Slalom

Team USA wins two bronze medals to open world cup in La Molina

Led by bronze medal performances by Thomas Walsh and Laurie Stephens, Team USA finished on the world cup podium twice in La Molina, Spain. Walsh won his third medal of the world cup circuit while Laurie Stephens picked up her sixth. 

BRONZE

  • Thomas Walsh - men's standing
  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting

Top-10 Performances

  • 5th: Ally Kunkel - women's standing 

Thomas Walsh skis around a gate during giant slalom competition on March 11 at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La  Molina, Spain.
Thomas Walsh skis around a gate on the second run of giant slalom competition in the men's standing class where he fought back from fourth place to earn bronze on the first day of races in La Molina.

 

Tuesday, March 12 - Giant Slalom

Ally Kunkel lands first world cup podium with giant slalom silver

U.S. women's standing skier Ally Kunkel had a stellar world cup debut this season, winning silver in only her first competition of the circuit. Kunkel held off Ammi Hondo of Japan by one hundredth of a second to claim her first world cup medal this year. She was joined on the podium by U.S. athletes Laurie Stephens who claimed bronze in the women's sitting class and Kevin Burton, who also won bronze with guide Kurt Grimmelmann in the men's visually impaired race. 

SILVER

  • Ally Kunkel - women's standing 

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting
  • Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann - men's visually impaired

Top-10 Performances

  • 4th: Andrew Kurka - men's sitting
  • 5th: Thomas Walsh - men's standing

Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann won third place for the overall world cup season for men's visually impaired super-G.
Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann, pictured to the far right, won third place for the overall season in the men's visually impaired super-G.

Thursday, March 14 - Giant Slalom

Laurie Stephens collects third giant slalom bronze in La Molina

Team USA's Laurie Stephens has been the definition of consistency in La Molina, capturing another bronze medal today in the women's sitting class of giant slalom competition. This marks Stephen's third bronze medal of the world cup and her eighth overall medal on the world cup circuit. Nearly making the podium in fifth was Ally Kunkel, who has had a strong showing in La Molina so far after earning silver on Tuesday in the women's standing class. Tech competition will switch over to slalom tomorrow. 

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting

Top-10 Performances

  • 5th: Ally Kunkel - women's standing

Andrew Kurka takes off from the starting line of the men's sitting giant slalom at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain.
Andrew Kurka takes off from the starting gate during the men's sitting giant slalom competition of the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain.

Friday, March 15 - Slalom

Burton, Stephens return to world cup podium with bronze in slalom

Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann were joined on the podium once again by Laurie Stephens, all of whom took bronze in opening slalom competition of the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina. Burton climbed back from fourth place to earn his second medal of the competition. The world cup continues for one more day as athletes will compete in another slalom before heading to world cup finals next week in Morzine, France. 

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting
  • Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann - men's visually impaired

 

Saturday, March 16 - Slalom

Walsh, Stephens win medals to close out World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina.

Thomas Walsh won silver while Laurie Stephens captured another silver to close out competition at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain. Walsh narrowly won gold, crossing the finish line with an aggregated time that was just five-hundredths of a second behind Martin Wuerz of Austria. Walsh and Stephens close out the world cup with a lot of momentum heading into next week's world cup finals with multi-medal wins in La Molina.

SILVER

  • Thomas Walsh - men's standing 

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting

Top-10 Performances

  • 5th: Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann - men's visually impaired

 

The U.S. won 10 medals in La Molina, the team's second-best world cup performance this season behind Veysonnaz's 11-medal take home. Led by performances by Laurie Stephens, Thomas Walsh and Ally Kunkel, Team USA heads into the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Morzine, France next week (March 19-21) with strong momentum as athletes look to compete for world cup globes.

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