Paralympic Medalists Brittani Coury And Keith Gabel Land On Dew Tour Podium In Banked Slalom

By Todd Kortemeier | Feb. 07, 2020, 5:27 p.m. (ET)

Brittani Coury looks on at the Dew Tour on Dec. 13, 2018 in Breckenridge, Colo.

 

On a day of heavy snowfall on Copper Mountain that postponed the women’s modified superpipe final at the 2020 Dew Tour, three Team USA Para snowboarders powered through the flakes in adaptive banked slalom to make the podium. 

Paralympic medalist Brittani Coury and Peggy Martin finished second and third, respectively, in the women’s competition, while Paralympic medalist Keith Gabel finished third in the men’s competition. 

Coury’s time of 1:17.85 trailed Lisa Bunschoten of the Netherlands by 3.74 seconds, and Martin finished third in 1:28.51. Team USA’s Arlene Cohen, a 2018 Paralympian, finished fourth.

Gabel came in third in a tight competition, his time of 1:07.86 just .28 seconds behind Matti Suur-Hamari of Finland in second and 1.84 seconds behind winner Owen Pick of Great Britain. Olympic gold medalist Evan Strong was sixth.

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Coury, 33, was the silver medalist in SB-LL2 at the Paralympic Games PyeongChang 2018. She raced Thursday in the second annual Gerhard Cross Memorial Banked Slalom, paying tribute to a longtime snowboarding journalist and Dew Tour employee who passed away in 2018.

Gabel, 35, is a two-time Paralympic medalist in the SB-LL2 class, winning a bronze medal at Sochi in 2014 and a silver medal in PyeongChang in snowboardcross. He is also a world cup and X Games medalist.

Martin has previously raced at the Dew Tour and won gold medals on the world cup circuit in the SB-UL class.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.