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Alpine Roundup: Thomas Walsh Making Progress In His Recovery

By Karen Price | Jan. 14, 2021, 10:45 a.m. (ET)

Thomas Walsh pictured in Winter Park, Colo. smiling for camera. 

Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para alpine skiing. Heres what you missed!

Thomas Walsh On The Mend

Its only been a little over a month since Thomas Walsh had surgery to repair his left hips labrum, but the 2018 Paralympian is already back on the snow.

Walsh recently posted a photo of him walking at a Vail rehabilitation facility, writing that he was only able to ditch the crutches for short distances in controlled environments but that he was happy to be progressing so quickly just two weeks post-surgery.

He followed that up two weeks later with a photo of him on skis pointing at the hip in question, writing, Happy hip, happy heart!! It has only been a little over 4 weeks since my labrum repair but everything felt great as I took a few easy runs today. Im still taking it easy but it sure is nice to slide around!! #returntosport #recovery #hip 

One Year To Beijing Fast Approaching

The International Paralympic Committee listed the top things that the movement has to look forward to in 2021, and, not surprisingly, the Tokyo Games take top billing.

Quickly noted, however, is the fact that we are rapidly approaching the one-year-out mark from the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, a fact that ranks No. 3 on the list. 

With the postponement of the 2020 Games because of COVID-19, its an unusual time in that the Summer Games will be followed by the Winter Games with only half a year separating the two instead of the usual year and a half. 

The 2022 Winter Paralympics will reach the one-year milestone on March 4, and six months to go on Sept. 4, one day before the Summer Paralympics close in Tokyo. The also article notes that Beijing could be the first Paralympic Winter Games to have gender parity in the number of medal events for women and men.


In other 2022 news, the Beijing organizers released the official sports pictograms for the Olympics and Paralympics on New Years Day.

According to the press release, the pictograms are designed based on traditional Chinese seal engraving.”

Each pictogram depicts its respective event with unique strokes, the release continues, like those carved with a knife on Chinese seals dating back to the Qin and Han dynasties. 

The pictograms embody both, the motion of winter sports and Chinas rich culture in modern graphics. The sharp contrast between the red background and white strokes highlights the grace and dynamism of winter sports, and adds a festive vibe to the Games, which will echo the Chinese Lunar New Year in 2022.”

Take a look at them here

New Years Resolutions, Anyone?

Andrew Kurka wondered in his latest Instagram post, did you make any New Years resolutions? The two-time Paralympic medalist posted a photo of him wearing a bike helmet and shared that one of his goals for 2021 is to spend more time on the bike.


Around The Web

The Reno Gazette Journal profiled the adaptive ski program at Sky Tavern, an adaptive sports organization in the area.


A profile of Winter Park, Colorado, native Trevor Kennison, who is quickly being a pioneer in adaptive freeskiing.


The National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, has had some setbacks due to COVID-19, but the adaptive sports organization still has plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports, the Park Record reports.

Learn more. 


Sheika Gramshammer, whose Crystal Ball fundraiser helped raise millions for Vails adaptive-skier program, has been named the 2021 Vail Valley Citizen of the Year, Vail Daily reports.

Read the full story here

Karen Price

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to USParaAlpineSkiing.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.