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Walsh Posts Fourth Place Finish in Men's Standing Super Combined

By Jen Allred | March 07, 2022, 7:31 a.m. (ET)

Thomas Walsh competes in the Super Combined at the 2022 Winter Paralympics.

 

YANQING, China - Thomas Walsh (Vail, Colorado) posted Team USA’s best finish today just off the podium claiming fourth in the men’s standing super combined. With a time of 1.13.94, Walsh was eighth after his first run in the super-G during the morning session.  A strong run in the slalom with a time of 40.94 advanced him up four places to finish with a combined time of 1.54.88.


“Four years ago, in combined in [PyeongChang] Korea, I straddled the first gate of the slalom section,” said Walsh. “Today, I came in fourth. A few years in between but steps in the right direction.”


The super combined results are determined by the final combined time of a super-G and a slalom run, both contested the same day. Joining Walsh in the men’s standing race was teammate Spencer Wood (Pittsfield, Vermont).  Wood was 12th after his super-G run with a time of 1.14.88. He followed that with a 45.22 on the slalom course for a combined time of 2.00.10 and a 14th place finish.


Team USA’s youngest Paralympian Jesse Keefe (Bellevue, Idaho) sat in 20th with a 1.16.81 after his super-G run. His 44.93 in the slalom advanced him five places to finish just behind Wood with a combined time of 2.01.74 and a top 15 spot. Tyler Carter (Topton, Pennsylvania) found himself in 29th with a 1.22.71 after the super-G. Carter missed a gate near the bottom of the slalom, resulting in a DNF for the event. Andrew Haraghey (Enfield, Connecticut) had a DNF for the day after sliding out near the top of the super-G course in his first run.


“This is the first slalom I’ve done this season,” said Carter. “I love super-G and couldn’t resist racing today. For half the course I was pretty happy. Obviously, I couldn’t get it done but I am just so happy to be here. It is a great experience. We have an amazing team here and I just can’t wait to cheer them on.”


Ravi Drugan (Eugene, Oregon) was 18th with a time of 1.19.91 in the men’s sitting super-G race. Drugan too missed a gate near the mid-section of the run and had a DNF on the day.


In the women’s standing event, 27-year-old Allie Johnson (Western Springs, Illinois) finished the super-G in tenth position with a 1.37.51 but another missed gate toward the bottom of the slalom course made her record a DNF for the day. Team USA Alpine Skier Connor Hogan (Foxborough, Massachusetts) has withdrawn from the Games due to injuries sustained in Sunday’s super-G.


Team USA will take recovery days until they return to action on Thursday, March 10 with the men’s giant slalom.

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