Spencer Wood competes in PyeongChang. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para Alpine skiing. Here’s what you missed!
Jasmin retired after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, his third time competing for Team USA in Para alpine at the Games.
He just couldn’t stay away.
The 41-year-old decided to make a run at one more Paralympics in 2022 and returned to competition this past season. He recently shared the letter officially welcoming him back to the national team. In an accompanying caption, he wrote.
“I am back on the U.S. Paralympic Aline Ski Team!!!
“This wasn’t easy, but I made it. Time away from my family was the hardest. Thank you Sarah for your support. Only one more baby, I promise!!!
“Also, huge thanks for my coaches and supporting staff. Thank you to all my friends for all the positive messages!! Now, let's go get that Gold in China! #beijing2022.”
Is Back It, Too
Sometimes a photo of someone on skis is more than just a photo of someone on skis.
For Paralympian Andrew , the photo he posted on Instagram earlier this month of himself at the top of a run looking down toward the gates with snow-covered high peaks in the background showed a happy return.
“Been 15 long months out of gates. Stoked to be able to get back at it,” he wrote.
He’s also been getting back to more than just snow:
Read more about why the 2018 Paralympian is so stoked to be back in action here.
isn’t the only 2018 U.S. Paralympian who’s back on snow and getting ready for a big season with the upcoming world championships and Paralympic Games.Thomas Walsh posted a video of him taking on the hill in Winter Park, Colorado, writing, “It the prettiest but it’s a start. Happy with “return-to-gates” progress!! 🤷🏻♂️🏻”
Walsh has also been showing off his considerable nature photography skills of late, so be sure to check out his Instagram for some awe-inspiring shots of Colorado in the summer.
Happy Graduation, Spencer Wood!
Team USA athletes are so much more than just that. Check out a beaming Spencer Wood — and rightfully so — in cap and gown at Folsom Field in Boulder, home of the University of Colorado.
The 2018 Paralympian writes: “That was one ride folks... Being a Team USA Athlete and a college kid for the past 4 1/2 years has been wild. If you’ve helped me get here, I owe you a beer!”
Offseason Means Planning Season
For the second year in a row, the annual Snow Sports Nations Meetings will be held virtually in order to “gather” representatives from dozens of countries to discuss matters related to their sports, including Para alpine. Last year’s meeting, the first to be held virtually COVID-19 restrictions, included 360 participants from 45 National Paralympic Committees discussing the future of ara , Para Nordic and Para snowboarding. The Para alpine meeting will be held on June 14.
Some of the topics on the slate this year include the World Cup and Europa Cup seasons, recent decisions made by the Working Groups and Sport Technical Committees of the different Para snow sports and the upcoming world championships.