U.S. Athletes Close Alpine Season With National Titles In Winter Park

By Brianna Tammaro | March 30, 2019, 5:56 p.m. (ET)

Laurie Stephens competes in the women's sitting class at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships presented by ToyotaLaurie Stephens competes in the women's sitting class at the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships presented by Toyota from March 26-30, winning two national titles in Winter Park.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eight U.S. athletes, including three Paralympians, won national titles as the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships presented by Toyota came to close on Saturday in Winter Park, Colorado. Thomas Walsh (Vail, Colorado) and Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts) led the way for Team USA with two national crowns each.

The event, which also served as the Canadian national championships, contested three different disciplines over five days of competition: giant slalom, slalom, and super-G. Walsh, who has had a standout season winning two world championship medals and the overall slalom world cup title for the men’s standing class, took home three total wins in Winter Park. His national titles came in the technical events, giant slalom and slalom, with an additional first place finish in slalom at Canadian nationals. Stephens also finished on the podium three times with two national titles in the slalom and super-G, and another win the super-G for the women’s sitting class. Team USA’s Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska) rounded out the group with a national championship in the men’s sitting giant slalom, the event he won silver in at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and a win in the super-G. 

Other U.S. athletes who took home national championships were Randy Wrenn (Blowing Rock, North Carolina) and guide Randy Wrenn, Jr. (Tabernash, Colorado) in the men’s visually impaired class, and Cassie Grenier (Meriden, Connecticut) and guide Maddie Reynolds (Winter Park, Colorado) in the women’s visually impaired class. Wrenn swept events with wins in the slalom, giant slalom, and super-G as well as another win in the super-G. Grenier took home two wins in the slalom, one of which was a national title.  

The 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships presented by Toyota marked the final competition of the season for Team USA.

Quotes
Thomas Walsh
“I am so honored to end the season here in Winter Park at the U.S. and Canada joint nationals. Bringing home two titles is really just the cherry on top to what I believe to be my breakthrough season. Winning two world championship medals, five world cup medals and earning that overall slalom crystal globe was really brought home by my time in Winter Park alongside my fellow teammates.”

U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing Team National Titles: 5
National Champions: Thomas Walsh (slalom, giant slalom), Laurie Stephens (slalom, super-G), Andrew Kurka (giant slalom)

Results
Full results from the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships presented by Toyota can be found here. To follow the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing Team, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram