The weather in Vancouver continues to create havoc for these Games just as it did for the Olympics last month. The downhill skiing events originally scheduled for Saturday have been postponed until the weather clears at Whistler Creekside. The Men’s Slalom sitting division raced today with the gold taken by Germany. Colorado’s Gerald Hayden finished sixteenth in a crowded field after the second run. Slovakia won gold in Men’s Slalom visually impaired division. American women faired better in Women’s Slalom sitting with Stephani Victor from Utah taking silver. Austria won the gold. Caitlin Sarubbi of NY came in seventh in Women’s Slalom visually impaired category. Austria also took the gold in this category. Danelle Umstead, favored for a medal going into the visually impaired race with her husband-guide, Robert, did not finish the race.
Men’s and Women’s Slalom standing competition has two runs tomorrow, March 15, including the medal competition in the afternoon. Hannah Pennington from Winter Park, CO will compete in the Women’s Slalom. She will compete in the Giant Slalom later in the week.
American Andy Soule, a veteran from Texas, took the bronze medal in the Biathlon 2.4 km pursuit yesterday, March 13. In the Men’s Cross Country sitting competition today, Soule placed tenth, with teammates Chris Klebl and Sean Halstead finishing eighth and ninth, respectively. U.S. skier Greg Mallory finished twenty-sixth. The Russian Federation took the top prize in this division. In the Women’s Cross Country sitting race, Monica Bascio from Evergreen, CO finished ninth, four minutes behind the Belarus skier who took home the gold.
Team USA sled hockey team won another preliminary round today, Sunday, March 14, over Czech Republic, 3 – 0. On Tuesday, the Americans take on Japan in another preliminary round. Coloradan Nikko Landeros from Berthoud plays on Team USA in his first Paralympic Games.
In Wheelchair Curling, the U.S. was shut out of its rounds on Saturday, but took the win over Germany today. Tomorrow Team USA takes on Italy and Great Britain.
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