Danelle Umstead competes at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para alpine skiing. Here’s what you missed!
Umstead Joins Sisters At Champions Celebration
A big day arrived Aug. 25 for Danelle Umstead, a four-time Paralympian who has won three bronze medals, and the Sisters in Sports Foundation she founded.
The foundation hosted its inaugural Champions Celebration at Sterling Steak & Lounge in Park City, Utah. The fundraising event drew a number of Paralympians and Olympians.
“Thanks to everyone who supported, attended, and promoted our event. Loved every minute of it,” Umstead posted on Instagram.
Among the athletes attending the event were Olympic speedskating gold medalist Erin Jackson, three-time Olympian Brittany Bowe and Paralympic snowboarding hopeful Jamie Blanek.
Here’s a photo gallery from @sistersinsports
Skiing For Joy And Performance
The U.S. Paralympics alpine ski team found “joy” in their summer camp on Folgefonna, one of the largest glaciers in Norway.
“We are a performance team, but we want to make it as enjoyable and as fulfilling and joyful an experience as possible,” said Tony McAllister, the U.S. associate director of Para alpine high performance. “We have a theme on top of that in terms of making joy central to our day.”
Read more about the team’s summer camp here.
Jesse Keefe, who made his Paralympic debut in Beijing, shows off the views from Norway:
Thomas Walsh, a silver medalist in the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, hit the mound at iconic Fenway Park in Boston to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Aug. 23 Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Thank you @redsox for supporting @thejimmyfund and gifting me this once in a lifetime opportunity,” Walsh posted on Instagram.
Walsh, a cancer survivor, was there in support of the Jimmy Fund, which benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in the fight against cancer.
Coming Home To Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania native and three-time Paralympian Tyler Carter got all dressed up for a visit home.
“A rare opportunity to see the fam and suit up (sorry @jacksoncarter02 missing you). Nowadays trips back to PA are too short but grateful to have this time,” Carter wrote on Instagram.
Carter grew up in Topton, Pennsylvania, which is located northwest of Philadelphia. He began skiing at age 8 when he attended a Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports camp.
Happy On The Mountain
Ravi Drugan, a 2022 Paralympian, is at his happiest on snow on the mountain.
“@ravidrugan is the Trans Am of Monoskiing,” two-time Paralympic skier Spencer Wood wrote on his Instagram.
Drugan finished 10th in slalom in his Paralympic debut earlier this year in Beijing.
Wood shared clips of Drugan’s skiing, training and antics.
Skiing Toward Italy
The goal is clear for Saylor O’Brien. Now that she is a member of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team, she is clearly motivated by the journey toward the Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.
Her first memories of adaptive sports were watching swimming in both the Olympics and Paralympics as a kid. She witnessed winter sports two years later.
“I was just completely blown away,” O’Brien said.
Read more about O’Brien’s journey here.