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Roundup: Jasmin Bambur Had A Proud Dad Moment

By Paul D. Bowker | April 20, 2023, 11:56 a.m. (ET)

Jasmin Bambur 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!


Daughter’s Gold

Four-time Paralympian Jasmin Bambur was in full proud dad mode when his daughter, Leila, was at the top of the medals stand at Winter Park, Colorado.


“We are golden today!!” he posted on Instagram. “Lejla won Winter Park GS race today.”

Adaptive Spirit Blast

The photos tell the story for three-time Paralympian Andrew Kurka at AS2023.


Adaptive Spirit’s annual fundraising event took place from March 29-April 2 in Denver and Vail, Colorado. Kurka posted photos to Instagram a few days after the event showing the number of friends he made at the event.


“Look ma! I made friends,” Kurka wrote. “Another successful fundraiser in the books! Adaptive spirit 2023 has ended and I had a blast!”

Paralympian Patrick Halgren was also at the event and posted a photo of himself gaining speed down the course at Vail.


“Searching for SPEED!” he posted on Instagram.

Baseball Fun

It’s baseball season.


Two-time Paralympian Thomas Walsh took time out for a ballgame at Coors Field in Denver.


“A few fun days …,” he posted on Instagram.

The adventures didn’t end there, as he also enjoyed a relaxing moment at the Westin in Avon, Colorado.

Raising The Bar

A quad cycle toward the Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 began this year with a focus on skiing fundamentals from Tony McAllister, the new U.S. associate director of high performance.


“We felt in most categories, for men and women, there was opportunity to really raise the bar and raise the level of the performances that we’ve been putting in,” McAllister told USParaAlpineSkiing.org. “We grasp those weaknesses as opportunities to break through where they’ve been before.”

Read more about the U.S. Para alpine skiing team and its preparations here.

Brewer’s Season Wrap

Matthew Brewer, a 2022 Paralympian, went to Instagram to post an update on his world cup season before it came to a close.


“Long over due update!” he said after a world cup competition in Cortina, Italy. “I have been stressed out about posting this update. I’m not sure if it’s because I performed less than I know I’m capable of, or because I’m going to be vulnerable. Both give me anxiety.”


Brewer went on to explain the ups and downs he experienced while competing in Italy and the stress high-level competition can have mentally.

Adaptive Adventures Camp

Adaptive Adventures Military Operations, a non-profit organization based in Colorado, held a camp earlier this year at Marquette Mountain Resort in Michigan for veterans with disabilities.


“In a lot of places that are more rural, veterans don’t tend to be aware of the services that are available,” Dan Loch, the national alpine manager for Adaptive Adventures, told USParaAlpineSkiing.org. “Our goal with this particular first camp was to get the word out there and serve as many of the veterans as we could locally and get the word out that it exists.”


To read more about this camp and Adaptive Adventures, go here.

Paul D. Bowker

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to USParaAlpineSkiing.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.