By The Numbers: 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing Nationals

By Melissa Zhang | March 25, 2019, 1:14 p.m. (ET)

The 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships presented by Toyota kicks off Tuesday and continues through Saturday in Winter Park, Colorado. The Para alpine skiing national team will be out in full force, competing for national titles back in the United States. Before following along with Team USA this week, check out some of the facts and figures before nationals begin:

1: world cup titles won last week

Thomas Walsh (Vail, Colo.) claimed the slalom world cup season title for the men’s standing class, following his performance in Morzine, France. The 24-year old has had a tremendous season, earning a total of five medals on this year’s world cup circuit, as well as two world championship medals.

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.

7: states represented on the national team

Colorado and Massachusetts are the most represented states on the 2018-2019 national team roster, with each boasting two athletes on this year’s team. Athletes from Utah, New Jersey, Connecticut, Alaska, and Vermont round out the group.

Thomas Walsh, Spencer Wood and Andrew Haraghey pose for a photo.

8: U.S. Paralympians participating

The U.S. national team roster includes eight Paralympians: Kevin Burton, Tyler Carter, Andrew Haraghey, Connor Hogan, Andrew Kurka, Laurie Stephens, Thomas Walsh and Spencer Wood.

The 2019 Para alpine skiing team poses for a group photo. 

11: different countries competing

Eleven countries will be traveling to Winter Park to compete at U.S. nationals: USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Israel, New Zealand, Kenya, Australia, Chile, Sweden, and Puerto Rico.

18: national titles on the line

Athletes will be vying for a total of 18 available national crowns. Titles are available in the men’s and women’s slalom, giant slalom and super-G in the sitting, standing and visually impaired categories.

Andrew Kurka competes in the men's sitting class at the World Para Alpine Skiing Finals in Morzine, France.

20: world cup medals won this year

American skiers collected a total of 20 medals throughout the world cup circuit as a result of their performances at the following world cup stops: Morzine (France), La Molina (Spain), Veysonnaz (Switzerland) and Zagreb (Croatia). Stephens led Team USA across the 2019 world cup season, racking up a tremendous 12 world cup medals.

Laurie Stephens skis around a gate in the women's sitting giant slalom competition at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain on March 22, 2019.

5,175: miles between Winter Park, Colorado and Morzine, France

Several members of Team USA will be returning to the United States after last week’s world cup finals, hosted in Morzine from March 19-21. American skiers earned bronze in a new event: a team skiing race, as Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) won two bronze medals to bring the U.S. medal count up to three.   

Thomas Walsh, pictured skiing the downhill, won two medals at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships. 

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