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Umstead and Johnson Take Center Stage for Women's Giant Slalom Grabbing Top-15 Finishes

By Jen Allred | March 11, 2022, 2:10 a.m. (ET)

Danelle Umstead with guide Rob compete in the Giant Slalom at the 2022 Winter Paralympics


YANQING, China – Four-time Paralympian and three-time Paralympic medalist Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) alongside guide Rob Umstead took the course for their first event of the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the women’s visually impaired giant slalom.

Umstead put up a time of 1.15.62 in her first giant slalom run leaving her in 13th position. After clocking 1.18.62 in her second run, her combined time of 2.34.24 would maintain her 13th place finish for the day. Umstead, who served as Team USA’s female flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony, is passionate about creating more opportunities for women and girls in sport.

"Being a role model means so much to me,” said Umstead. “Paying it forward is really big. There have been women in my life that have paved the path for me including my mom, who has passed away, my sisters who constantly believe in me and just having that female power of supporting each other gives my heart the happiness and feeling whole."

Allie Johnson (Western Springs, Illinois) returned to the hill today for her third event of these Games. The 27-year-old first-time Paralympian had a clean first run in the women’s standing giant slalom with a time of 1.10.37 and 15th place. Her second run clocking in at 1.15.38 left her with a combined time of 2.25.75 advancing her three spots to finish 12th overall.

"I've been training a lot of giant slalom this week and this snow is just totally different than anything I've ever been on," said Johnson. "I think the time I have had on GS skis here has really been helping me prepare. I've got a crazy amount of resources right now, people ready to help me do anything which is so cool and something I have never experienced before. Team USA staff are like rock stars I have never felt so prepared for a race in my life. Even though I am scared and there are a lot of nerves, I feel completely supported."

Umstead and Johnson will be back in action tomorrow on the ice river course at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre for the women’s slalom events.

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