Spencer Wood smiles for camera after super-G race.
YANQING, CHINA – Two-time Paralympian Spencer Wood (Pittsfield, Vermont) brought home the top performance for the U.S. with the world’s 12th best finish clocking a time of 1:13.97 in the men’s standing super-G at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The second day of alpine competition also saw a Beijing debut for three more U.S. athletes who took their first runs at the Yanqing Alpine Center joining five other Americans looking to best their performances after the first day.
Teammate Thomas Walsh (Vail, Colorado), making his first run of the Games, clocked a 1.14.55 to take the second-best finish for the Americans registering 15th place.
“This morning was my first time on the hill,” said Walsh. “It was a lot of fun. For not ever seeing it or skiing in China before, this was a great day for me. I will definitely take it.”
Andrew Haraghey (Enfield, Connecticut) claimed 17th position recording a time of 1.14.67 while Tyler Carter (Topton, Pennsylvania) and Connor Hogan (Foxborough, Massachusetts) recorded DNFs for the run.
“We're a team, we are Team USA,” said Carter. “At the end of the day I want to do my best and I want my team to do their best. That means that people beat me. We are here to grow and improve each day on and off the hill, to support each other and represent our country to the best of our ability. I think today was a great representation of that. We cheered each other on. We had some good, some bad but we are here for each other through all of it and that is what is most important. “
Women’s standing skier Allie Johnson (Western Springs, Illinois) logged her first run as a Paralympian finishing in 14th place with a time of 1.39.50. Johnson was overcome with emotion and pride in making it to her sport's biggest stage.
"I am from Western Springs, Illinois," said Johnson. “All my parents and family are from Illinois, and they are all cheering me on. I lost my grandfather last month and I have his prayer card here with me in my speed suit. I know that he is here and gets to be one of the only spectators. I'm tough, I'm from outside Chicago and I made it all the way from the flatlands to out here [in Beijing].”
Ravi Drugan (Eugene, Oregon) completed a clean run today in the men’s sitting division with a 1.18.79 for the 17th best spot while David Allen Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) had a DNF for his inaugural run.
Next up for the team is the super combined, which will now be contested on Monday, March 7 after being moved up in the schedule to avoid the predicted warmer temperatures later in the week.
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