Jones takes gold at World Champoinships
Allison Jones (LW-2; Vail) had the fastest second run Wednesday in giant slalom and collected her second gold medal of the IPC Alpine World Championships, while U.S. skiers earned six medals on the day at Wildschoenau, Austria.
Chris Devlin-Young (LW-12/1; Campton, N.H.) was gold medalist in the men’s mono-ski LW-12 class, which was delayed a day because of rains and soft snow.
Jones had an adjusted two-run time of 2 minutes, 35.74 seconds, putting her nearly three seconds ahead of Austrian stalwart Danja Haslacher in the one-legged (LW-2) category. Sandy Dukat (LW-2; Vail) earned her third bronze medal of the championships.
“They’ve both been rock-solid in their skiing this week,” said coach Erin Sullivan.
Csilla Kristof (LW-6/8; Vail), bronze medalist in super-G, skied to her second medal of the championships, finishing third behind Solene Jambaque (LW-9/2) of France in the Standup LW-3-6/8-9 class.
In the women’s mono-ski category, Japan’s Kuniko Obinata (LW-12/2) won in 2:40.45 while newcomer Laurie Stephens (LW-12/1; Wenham, Mass), a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, had the fastest second run by nearly two seconds and captured the silver (2:41.30) with Lacey Heward (LW-11; Boise, Idaho) the bronze medalist, just .02 behind Stephens.
After four days of racing, U.S. skiers have earned 17 medals, including five golds.
It’s official: Vail and the Beav go for the ’09 triple
While it has been somewhat common knowledge throughout the international winter sports community that the Vail Valley was seriously considering a “triple” 2009 World Championships bid, Vail and Beaver Creek made it official with the International Ski Federation (FIS), throwing its hat in the ring for the Snowboard and Freestyle Championships at the end of December.
Already an alpine candidate as of the FIS spring meetings in May, the official bid packets for 2009 Snowboard and Freestyle candidates were due in the FIS office by the end of 2003. The vote for all 2009 World Championships will take place June 3 at the FIS Congress in Miami, Fla, with the 16 FIS council members deciding the venues for Snowboard, Freestyle, Ski Flying, Nordic and Alpine competitions.
“We waited until the eleventh hour to submit our snowboard and freestyle bids,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and the 2009 World Championships bid committee, “to try and get a good picture of where our competition might come from. While the FIS requires each bid be submitted independently, it is our goal to successfully bid for all three championships and hold them simultaneously.”
The competition for both snowboard and freestyle will be formidable, with Gangwon Province, Korea having announced its intention to run for the 2009 Snowboard World Championships, while Inawashiro, Japan will run against the Vail Valley for the Freestyle Championships.
“We definitely have our work cut out for us on all fronts,” offered Folz, “Alpine included (with Vail and Beaver Creek matched up against Val d’Isere, France; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and Schladming, Austria). It’s going to be a real dog fight all the way to Miami.”