U.S. Paralympics News Release – Tarvisio Team USA winners

January 30, 2017
Kurka storms to third medal in Tarvisio with giant slalom silver

  • Andrew Kurka won his third medal of the 2017 world championships with silver in giant slalom.
  • Kurka added silver to his gold and bronze won last week in downhill and super-G, respectively.
  • Team USA heads into the final day of competition with slalom events tomorrow.

TARVISIO, Italy – Andrew Kurka (Palmer, Alaska) completed his collection at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships by adding a silver medal in giant slalom to his gold and bronze earned earlier last week.

After the first run left Kurka sitting in seventh place, he dashed back to clock the fastest time of the day on his second run to secure the silver medal. The twenty-five-year-old, who finished with a time of 2:17.32 to capture his third medal in Tarvisio, was only .57 of a second off the top of the podium. Kurka will seek to close out world championship competition on Tuesday on top again with giant slalom after winning his first world title in downhill and bronze in super-G last week.

6thLaurie Stephens (Wenham, Massachusetts) in the women’s sitting class; Josh Elliott (Yakima, Washington) in the men’s sitting class
7th Tyler Walker (Franconia, New Hampshire) in the men’s sitting class; Kevin Burton (Boulder, Colorado) with guide Chris Tatsuno (Sun Valley, Idaho) and Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) with guide Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah) in the men’s and women’s visually impaired class, respectively
8thMark Bathum (Mercer Island, Washington) and guide Cade Yamamoto (Quincy, Washington) in the men’s visually impaired class
9thMelanie Schwartz (Aspen, Colorado) in the women’s standing class

Andrew Kurka
“It feels awesome to finally accomplish something I have been working towards for so long. I have spent my life hoping to be an example to others. Having the chance and being put in a position where I can make a difference means the world to me.”

Follow results and action live at this week’s 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. Competition will conclude tomorrow with slalom events beginning at 4 a.m. ET.

For more information, please contact Brianna Tammaro, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2068 or Brianna.Tammaro@usoc.org.

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