Team USA Medal Tracker: Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals Morzine

By U.S. Paralympics | March 20, 2019, 10:30 a.m. (ET)

Laurie Stephens skis around a gate in the women's sitting giant slalom competition of the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain on March 11.
Andrew Kurka, pictured competing during the debut of the team event, is competing for world cup season titles at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Morzine, France from March 19-21.

Team USA wraps up the world cup circuit with the opportunity to win season titles in Morzine, France at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals from March 19-21. U.S. skiers will begin with a new event, a team skiing race, before competing in two slalom races with several athletes within striking distance of a crystal globe. The team event 

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Tuesday, March 19 - Team Event

Team USA captures bronze in new team event to open world cup finals competition

Thomas Walsh, Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann, and Andrew Kurka combined forces for the first-ever team event held the first evening of the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Morzine, France. The U.S. team upset France, including women's standing superstar Marie Bochet, to capture bronze. The team event in Morzine featured nine teams with between two and four skiers in each with match-ups accommodating the differences in classifications through factoring of times. The event was a trial with hopes of inclusion in the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

BRONZE

  • Thomas Walsh - men's standing
  • Andrew Kurka - men's sitting
  • Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann - men's visually impaired

 

U.S. skiers Thomas Walsh, Andrew Kurka and Kevin Burton with guide Kurt Grimmelmann teamed up to win bronze in the first-ever team event at the World Para Alpine Skiing Finals in Morzine, France.
Thomas Walsh, Andrew Kurka, and Kevin Burton with guide Kurt Grimmelmann combined forces to win bronze in the first-ever team event at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Morzine, France on March 19. The event is a trial with hopes of inclusion in the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.


Wednesday, March 20 - Slalom

Stephens wins bronze on first day of slalom races in Morzine

Laurie Stephens was the only American who made it on the podium on Wednesday, placing third behind Anna-Lena Forster of Germany and Momoka Muraoka of Japan. Kevin Burton and his guide Kurt Grimmelmann placed fifth in the vision impaired category, as Thomas Walsh finished sixth in the men's slalom standing category. Team USA will compete in a second slalom race on Thursday, March 21.

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's slalom sitting

Top-10 Performances

  • 5th place: Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's slalom vision impaired
  • 6th place: Thomas Walsh - men's slalom standing

 
Thursday, March 21 - Slalom

Stephens picks up a second bronze in slalom

Laurie Stephens earned her second bronze in slalom on Thursday, as Thomas Walsh just barely missed the podium, improving to fourth on the second day of slalom races. Kevin Burton and his guide Kurt Grimmelmann placed fifth in the vision impaired category once again, with Slovakia's Miroslav Haraus and Maros Hudik coming out on top. Stephens' second bronze medal brought the United States' total medal count up to three for the world cup stop in Morzine. 

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's slalom sitting

Top-10 Performances

  • 4th place: Thomas Walsh - men's slalom standing
  • 5th place: Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's slalom vision impaired

 

Overall World Cup Titles

  • Thomas Walsh - men's slalom standing

Team USA closed their international season on the world cup circuit with a three-medal performance at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Morzine, France, highlighted by a two-medal haul by Laurie Stephens and a first-ever bronze medal from Thomas Walsh, Andrew Kurka, Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann in the debut of the team event. In addition to the bronze medal, Thomas Walsh walked away with his first-ever crystal globe, winning the slalom world cup season title for the men's standing class. Walsh captured a total of five medals this season on the world cup circuit as well as two world championship medals to cap off a tremendous season for the 24-year-old.

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