Laurie Stephens recorded the top finish for Team USA on the final day of world cup competition.
Stephens, Jones medal on final day of Copper Mountain world cup
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. – Laurie Stephens and Allison Jones both recorded podium finishes in the giant slalom on the final day of the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup at Copper Mountain Resort on Monday.
2013 downhill world champion Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) earned her first podium of the week as she took silver in the women’s sitting class. After finishing the first run of the day, Stephens was in sixth place; however, on the second run of the day Stephens was able to move up four places to take silver.
“I’m really happy to finish out this world cup with a podium finish,” Stephens said. “Medaling is always the goal, but to do it here on our home soil makes it that much better.”
Stephens finished her two runs in a combined time of 2:10.25, less than half a second back from first place.
Seven-time Paralympic medalist Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won her third medal of the competition as she took third in the women’s standing class. Jones turned in two evenly matched runs, as she finished third on both efforts. Earlier this week, Jones earned bronze and silver in slalom competition.
Overall, Team USA won seven medals over four days of alpine competition and nine medals over two days of snowboard cross competition.
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.
Team USA’s next stop will be at the IPC World Cup in Tignes, France on Jan. 27-31.
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.