Bode who? Walker golden at Disabled Championships
Move over, Bode Miller.
There’s another darn, good skier from Franconia, N.H., and his name is Tyler Walker.
Walker showed his mettle in Saturday’s U.S. Disabled Alpine Skiing Championships men’s monoskiing giant slalom and picked up a gold medal for his efforts at Golden Peak.
“Tyler Walker stepped up and had a nice day, for sure,” U.S. Disabled Ski Team assistant coach Erin Sullivan said. “I think he skied a more aggressive line than he did earlier in the week.”
Walker’s two-run combined time was 1 minute, 1.75 seconds. Right behind him was Carl Burnett, skiing for Winter Park, in 1:03.13. That’s two silvers and a bronze this week for the Dartmouth student this week. The U.S.’ Nick Cantanzarite logged in at 1:05.28 for bronze, his first medal of the Championships.
In the standing GS, Australia’s Michael Milton is showing himself to be the model of consistency. He picked up his third gold in as many events this week, finishing in a time of 1:36.56. The U.S.’ George Sansonetis added a silver medal to his collection, clocking in at 1:37.36. He had won bronze earlier in the week in both downhill and super-G.
On the women’s side, U.S. Disabled Ski Team member and Vail’s own Csilla Kristof picked up her second gold of the week, winning the women’s standing GS in 1:09.74. Independent skier Reinheld Moeller (1:10.23) took silver, followed by the U.S.’ Sandy Dukat in third. For Dukat, who also trains in Vail, it was her third bronze medal on the week.
In the women’s monoski, Stephanie Victor of Team Victor took the gold with a time of 1:10.80. Laurie Stephens picked up GS silver to add to her gold medals in downhill and super-G.
“I’m impressed with Laurie,” Sullivan said. “It’s her first year on the team and she’s been very consistent. Today just goes to show that she is a four-event, well-rounded skier.”
The U.S. Disabled Alpine Skiing Championships conclude with today’s slalom at 10 a.m. at Golden Peak.