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February 28, 2013

Austria wins friendly team competition at end of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Austria wins friendly team competition at end of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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The IPC Alpine World Championships wrapped up yesterday in La Molina, Spain with a friendly, non-medal counting team event won by Austria. The winner was tabulated based on the fastest score for a visually impaired skier on the team, a female skier on the team, and a male skier on the team. The Austrian team included Markus Salcher, Roman Rabl, and Claudia Loesch for times counted, with Philipp Bonadimann, Thomas Grochar, and Martin Wuerz also competing. The team event included ten teams representing eight countries, with the United States and Canada having two teams each and 54 skiers competing.

The United States team 1 came in second with Tyler Walker, Mark Bathum, and Alana Nichols times counting, and Heath Calhoun, Ralph Green, and Allison Jones also belonging to the team. Russia came in third with Ivan Frantseva, Alexandr Alyabyev, and Mariya Papulova having their scores counted. Hosts Spain finished last with Jon Santacana, Óscar Espallargas, and Úrsula Pueyo having their times counting, and Gabriel Gorce and Nathalie Carpanedo also members of the Spanish team.

The next major competition ahead of the 2014 Winter Paralympics is the test event in Sochi, Russia in March of this year.

Thomas Grochar on his run
Image: Laura Hale.

Solene Jambaque of France on her run
Image: Laura Hale.

Marie Bochet, five IPC Alpine World Championships gold medal winning skiing, on her run
Image: Laura Hale.

Canadian visually impaired skier Viviane Forest and Chloe and her guide Lauzon-Gauthier on their run
Image: Laura Hale.

Austrian skier Roman Rabl
Image: Laura Hale.

Gabriel Gorce and his guide on their run for Spain
Image: Laura Hale.

Visually impaired Canadian skier Mac Marcoux and guide BJ Marcoux experience problems on their run
Image: Laura Hale.

Stephani Victor skis for Team USA 2
Image: Laura Hale.

Martin France skis for Slovakia
Image: Laura Hale.

Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo ski for Spain
Image: Laura Hale.

Braydon Luscombe of Canada
Image: Laura Hale.

Allison Jones of the United States for Team USA 1
Image: Laura Hale.

Fredric Francois of France
Image: Laura Hale.



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Austria wins friendly team competition at the end of the IPC Alpine World Championships

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The IPC Alpine World Championships wrapped up yesterday in La Molina, Spain with a friendly, non-medal counting team event won by Austria. The winner was tabulated based on the fastest score for a visually impaired skier on the team, a female skier on the team and a male skier on the team. The Austrian team included Markus Salchet, Roman Rabl and Claudia Loesch for times counted, with Philipp Bonadimann, Thomas Grochar and Martin Wuerz also competing. The team event included ten teams representing eight countries, with the United States and Canada having two teams each and 54 skiers competing.

The United States team 1 came in second with Tayler Walker, Markus Bathum and Alana Nichols times counting, and Heath Calhoun, Ralph Green and Allison Jones also belonging to the team. Russia came in second with Ivan Frantseva, Alexandr Alyabyev and Mariya Papulova having their scores counted. Hosts Spain finished last with Jon Santacana, Óscar Espallargas and Úrsula Pueyo having their times counting, and Gabriel Gorce and Nathalie Carpanedo also members of the Spanish team.

The next major competition ahead of the 2014 Winter Paralympics is the test event in Sochi, Russia in March of this year.

Thomas Grochar on his run
Image: Laura Hale.

Solene Jambaque of France on her run
Image: Laura Hale.

Marie Bochet, five IPC Alpine World Championships gold medal winning skiing, on her run
Image: Laura Hale.

Canadian visually impaired skier Viviane Forest and Chloe and her guide Lauzon-Gauthier on their run
Image: Laura Hale.

Austrian skier Roman Rabl
Image: Laura Hale.

Gabriel Gorce and his guide on their run for Spain
Image: Laura Hale.

Visually impaired Canadian skier Mac Marcoux and guide BJ Marcoux experience problems on their run
Image: Laura Hale.

Stephani Victor skis for Team USA 2
Image: Laura Hale.

Martin France skis for Slovakia
Image: Laura Hale.

Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo ski for Spain
Image: Laura Hale.

Braydon Luscombe of Canada
Image: Laura Hale.

Allison Jones of the United States for Team USA 1
Image: Laura Hale.

Fredric Francois of France
Image: Laura Hale.



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February 25, 2013

Romanian skier debuts at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Romanian skier debuts at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Laura Valeanu of Romania following her first slalom run
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Yesterday, women’s standing LW4 classified skier Laura Valeanu finished eighth in her group in the slalom event, marking the first appearance of a Romanian skier at the 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain. No other Romanian skiers have competed thus far in the competition.

Valeanu was also her country’s only participant at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver where she finished fourteenth in the giant slalom and earned a Did Not Finish in the slalom event.

Valeanu completed her first slalom run in La Molina in a time of 1:16.48, the eighth best time on that run. Her second run was a little under two seconds slower at 1:18.42, and the ninth best time in the run. Despite that, her combined run time of 2:34.90 was faster than ninth and last place finisher Úrsula Pueyo who had a combined run time of 2:35.85. Valeanu’s combined time was nearly thirty seconds slower than French winner Marie Bouchet.

The women’s standing group started with twelve skiers, but three skiers failed to finish their first run including Finland’s Katja Saarinen, United States skier Allison Jones and Russian Mariya Papulova.

The 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships continues today with the Super Combined event scheduled.



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February 24, 2013

Team USA delivers going into third day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Team USA delivers going into third day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Going into the third scheduled day of competition at the IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain yesterday, the United States para-alpine team has delivered with a gold medal won by Laurie Stephens in the women’s sitting downhill, a silver medal won by men’s sit skier Stephen Lawler in the downhill, and bronze medal won by Laurie Stephens in the women’s sitting Super-G. The United States finished two days of competition fifth overall in the medal count, tied with Russia.

Other Team USA performances in the downhill included a fourth place finish by visually impaired woman skier Danelle Umstead and guide Robert Umstead, a fifth place finish by Christopher Devlin-Young in the men’s sitting group, an eighth place finish by Ralph Green in the men’s standing group, an eighth place finish by women’s standing skier Allison Jones, a ninth place finish by visually impaired Mark Bathum and guide Sean Ramsden, a tenth place finish by Tyler Walker in the men’s sitting, and a thirteenth place finish by Heath Calhoun in the men’s sitting.

In the Super-G event on Thursday, Jones finished fourth in the women’s standing group, Devlin-Young finished fifth, Stephani Victor finished fourth in the women’s sitting group, Umstead and Umstead finished fifth in their group, Bathum and Ramsden finished seventh in their group, Walker finished twelfth in his group, Green finished sixteenth in the men’s standing, Jonathan Lujan finished nineteenth in the men’s standing, Stephen Lawler finished twentieth in the men’s sitting, Heath Calhoun finished twenty-third in men’s sitting, and Andrew Earl Kurka finished twenty-fifth in the men’s sitting group.

A few members of Team USA had difficulties, and were not able to start or finish their races. In the men’s sitting downhill, Kurka did not finish. In the downhill and Super-G event, 2010 Winter Paralympics medalist Alana Nichols did not start. LW12-2 women’s sit-skier Victor also did not start in the downhill event.

Visually-impaired B3 classified skier Bathum chatted with his guide, Sean Ramsden, immediately following both his races. While he was unhappy with his downhill run, Bathum was happy with and had fun during his seventh place run in the Super-G event where he finished with a factored time of 1:13.51, only 3.02 seconds slower than the winning time set by Spanish skier Jon Santacana.

United States skiers were scheduled to compete yesterday in the Slalom discipline but the competition was cancelled due to high winds. Several members of Team USA had a pizza party after the slalom cancellation. Friday’s scheduled event had been rescheduled as a result of predicted snow and high winds during the day. No snow arrived until late in the afternoon, where there was limited accumulation. Some of the younger members of Team USA took advantage of the night off on Thursday to go bowling before a busy training day Friday.

In other United States Paralympic news, Sir Philip Craven, the President of the International Paralympic Committee, told a Wikinews reporter the country will have live television coverage of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When a member of Team USA competing in La Molina was asked if they heard confirmation of this, they were unable to confirm. They did highlight the lack of United States media coverage was frustrating for fans wanting to follow the Games in London. According to the skier, many people he knew could only follow the Games by searching for video on sites like YouTube.

Women’s Super-G medal ceremony where Stephens, right, earned a bronze medal
Image: Raystorm.

Laurie Stephens in her gold medal downhill run
Image: Laura Hale.

Umstead and Umstead following Danelle’s Super-G run
Image: Laura Hale.

Danelle Umstead coming to a stop following her Super-G run
Image: Laura Hale.

Ralph Green following his Super-G run
Image: Raystorm.

Allison Jones in her downhill run
Image: Laura Hale.

Allison Jones coming to a stop following her Super-G run
Image: Laura Hale.

Mark Bathum and his guide during their downhill run
Image: Laura Hale.

Bathum coming to a stop following his downhill ride
Image: Laura Hale.

Bathum and his guide discuss the race following their downhill ride
Image: Laura Hale.

Stephani Victor on course in her Super-G run
Image: Laura Hale.

Stephani Victor in the on course finishing area following her Super-G run
Image: Laura Hale.

Close up of Stephani Victor
Image: Laura Hale.



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