Patrick Halgren competing at the 2022 Winter Paralympics
YANQING, China – ThomasWalsh (Vail, Colorado), Jesse Keefe (Bellevue, Idaho), Jasmin Bambur (Granby, Colorado) and Ravi Drugan(Eugene, Oregon)all turned in top 10 finishes in the final day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 in the men’s slalom competition.
Two-time Paralympian Walsh, who won the silver medal in the men’s standing giant slalom earlier in the week, had the seventh best time in the field in the men’s standing class after his first run with a time of 45.04. His second run of 53.66 for a combined time 1.38.70 to captured sixth place and Team USA’s best slalom finish of the day.
“I am happy with my performance here at the Paralympic Games in Beijing,” said Walsh. “Getting a silver medal is a highlight and I am not going to complain about the other results. I am not a speed skier, I got here [to the Games] late and really, I am just going to take this as a positive time in a new place with a bigger team. I am looking forward to the next one.”
Keefe was 13th after his first run in men’s standing class clocking a time of 47.81. A 56.61 in his second run for a combined time of 1.44.42 placed him ninth overall making this his best finish of these Games.
“This hill is such a challenging ski environment and it is so different than what I grew up on,” said Keefe. “This is easily one of the most difficult courses I have ever skied. A top-15 and a top-10 finish at age 17, beating my age by a couple of numbers was a pretty good goal and is a really good reason for me to keep going. I still have a lot of time left of training and world cup experience to come back even stronger at the next Games. “
In the men’s sitting class, four-time ParalympianJasmin Bambur’s (Granbury, Colorado) first run found him in 14th with a 51.74. His 55.16 second run was the fourth fastest in the field for a combined 1.46.90 advancing him to eighth place.One-time Paralympian Ravi Drugan (Eugene, Oregon) clocked a 50.63 for 12th after his first run; a 1.00.36 in his second gave him a combined time of 1.50.99 to advance him to 10th.
Spencer Wood's (Pittsfield, Vermont) combined time of 1.45.68 placed him in 15th in the men’s standing class. Paralympic newcomer Patrick Halgren (Tolland, Connecticut) finished in 24th with a combined time of 2.03.02. Andrew Haraghey (Enfield, Connecticut) was 12th after the first run with a 47.60 but was unable to complete his second run recording a DNF for the event.
In the men’s sitting class, American Matthew Brewer’s (Huntington Beach, California) combined time of 2.11.69 placed him 15th and Robert Enigl’s (Bozeman, Montana) combined time of 2.15.00 secured his 21st place finish on the day. Kyle Taulman (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) slid out near the top of the course recording a DNF for the day.
“I feel like I have really figured some things out this year,” said Enigl. “I had my best GS [giant slalom] run of my life two days ago and now that I feel like I can even get better I feel like I need to keep going with it.”
As competition concludes here in Beijing, the U.S. Paralympic alpine team have brought home 16 top 15 finishes this week including Walsh’s silver medal in the men’s standing giant slalom. Follow U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily updates from Beijing.