Bathum wins giant slalom silver at Panorama world cup
| Mark Bathum won his second medal of the world cup competition
PANORAMA, B.C. – Mark Bathum won his second medal of the competition at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup at Panorama Mountain Village today.
2010 Paralympic silver medalist Bathum (Mercer Island, Wash.) and his guide Cade Yamamoto finished second in the men’s visually impaired giant slalom. After the first run of the day, Bathum was sitting in third, but he clocked the fastest time of the field on the second run to secure the silver medal. On Friday, Bathum also won the men’s downhill competition.
“Mark has had a strong showing up here in Panorama,” said Kevin Jardine, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics. “He has faced tough competitors all week, so for him to walk away with multiple medals is really great.”
Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won her second bronze medal of the competition after winning bronze in the downhill. Jones was secure in her podium spot in the women’s standing class, as more than five seconds separated her from the fourth place competitor.
While Sunday was scheduled to be an off-day for competition, athletes were on the slopes competing in a weather-delayed super combined that was originally scheduled for Saturday.
In the women’s sitting super combined, three-time Paralympic gold medalist Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.) was in first place with a two-second lead after the first run of downhill, and while she was not able to hold on to the lead after the second run of slalom, she managed to protect her podium position to finish third. Nichols also won silver in Friday’s downhill competition.
Danelle Umstead and her guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah) picked up their second bronze medal of the competition as they took third place in the women’s visually impaired super combined.
The Panorama world cup features more than 70 athletes from 13 countries and concludes on Tuesday with the super-G. Team USA will have a quick turnaround with the next IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup slated for Jan. 17-20 in Copper Mountain, Colo.
At each world cup event, athletes will earn points that help determine world rankings and qualification for Paralympic events. Scoring is based on finishing place, with athletes aiming for as few points as possible. To qualify for world cups and ultimately the Paralympic Winter Games in each discipline, athletes must remain under a certain point threshold.
The U.S. team that will compete in alpine skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be named in February.
Complete results and more information are available at Paralympic.org.
For more information, please contact Katie Branham, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-3302 or Katie.Branham@usoc.org.