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Kurka Top Four in Super-G on Second Day of World Championships

By Annemarie Blanco | Jan. 15, 2022, 9:37 a.m. (ET)

Andrew Kurka competes in the Lillehammer 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships. 


LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY - One day after his podium appearance in the men’s downhill sitting class, Paralympic champion Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska) continued his streak on Saturday as Team USA’s best performer in Lillehammer. Kurka took the world’s fourth best super-G finish clocking in at 1:09.70 just shy of another podium spot. There was no stopping Dutch skier Jeroen Kampschuer who became the 2021 super-G world champion with a stunning time of 1:04.38 more than three seconds ahead of Norway’s second place finisher Jesper Pedersen. 

It proved to be a treacherous super-G course for many competitors, with 20 Para skiers unable to finish the race over the course of the day across the men’s and women’s classes. Among those who did not finish were Team USA sit skiers Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts), a four-time Paralympian, and Paralympic hopeful Ravi Drugan (Eugene, Oregon), along with two-time Paralympian Tyler Carter (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Paralympian Thomas Walsh (Vail, Colorado) in the men’s standing division. 

In the women’s standing division, Paralympic hopeful Allie Johnson (Chicago, Illinois) finished in the top ten with a run of 1:31.19. In the men’s standing class, Paralympian Spencer Wood (Pittsfield, Vermont) and Paralympic hopeful Jesse Keefe (Sun Valley, Idaho) each finished in the top twenty, with Wood taking the 18th spot followed by Keefe placing 19th best in the world. Paralympian Andrew Haraghey (Endfield, Connecticut) ended the day in the 24th spot, with Paralympian Connor Hogan (Foxborough, Massachusetts) grabbing the 27th spot. Americans David Williams and Martin Moxley did not start. 

Team USA will take a recovery day on Sunday before returning back to the slopes on Monday, Jan. 17 for super combined competition starting at 11 a.m. CEST. All events will be streamed live on the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing Facebook Page. Follow U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates from Lillehammer. 

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