U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Names 2017-18 National Team

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2017

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Names 2017-18 National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thirteen athletes, including seven U.S. Paralympians in Nordic skiing, were named to the 2017-2018 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team today by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.

“The level to which our Nordic skiers have performed already is very inspiring,” said Paralympic Nordic Skiing head coach Eileen Carey. “Our veteran athletes have continued to improve as we approach the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and the addition of new members on our national and development teams is promising for the future.”

Three-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) highlights the team after claiming four world championships titles during the 2016-17 season, including cross-country crowns in sprint, middle and long distances, as well as the sprint biathlon title. She capped off the season by securing her third consecutive overall women’s sitting world cup globe in cross-country at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals in Sapporo, Japan. Additionally, Masters finished third in the world cup overall rankings in biathlon.

Kendall Gretsch (Chicago, Illinois), Ruslan Reiter (Manchester, Maine) and Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland) all make the national and development teams for the first time.

Four military veterans are featured on the roster, including Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas/Navy), Sean Halsted (Rathdrum, Idaho/ Air Force), Bryan Price (Belton, Missouri/Army) and Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas/Army).

Team USA had a record-breaking 2016-17 season that finished with 33 world cup medals by five athletes, setting a record for the Nordic skiing team. Of the 33 world cup medals acquired, 12 were in biathlon. All A- and B-Team athletes reached the podium this past season, including first-time medals for Jake Adicoff (Sun Valley, Idaho) and guide Sawyer Kesselheim (Bozeman, Montana), as well as Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) at the PyeongChang Test Event.

2017-18 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Teams
*Denotes U.S. Paralympian in Nordic skiing
# Denotes U.S. Military veterans

A Team
*Jake Adicoff (Sun Valley, Idaho) – visually impaired skier
*#Dan Cnossen (Topeka, Kansas/Navy) – sit skier
Sawyer Kesselheim (Bozeman, Montana) – guide
*Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) – sit skier

B Team
*Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) – sit skier
*#Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas/Army) – sit skier

C Team
Kendall Gretsch (Chicago, Illinois) – sit skier

Development Team 
*#Sean Halsted (Rathdrum, Idaho/Air Force) – sit skier
*#Bryan Price (Belton, Missouri/Army) – sit skier
Ruslan Reiter (Manchester, Maine) – standing skier
Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland) – sit skier
Joy Rondeau (Granby, Colorado) – sit skier
Mia Zutter (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin) – visually impaired skier

2017 Final Race Results

ADULT Race Results

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The 2017 Adult Race brought together 300 racers and 60 teams. The Competitive Division posted some great times as well as the Sport Division. Here is a breakdown of the top 3 teams from each Division:

COMPETITIVE

  1. HBO 4: 142.31 total seconds. Brenda Kirwood, Jeff Kirwood, Kate Kirwood, Wyatt Hall, Thomas Walsh
  2. Precision Optical: 142.43 total seconds. Stacey Bolger, Todd Davis, Andrew McNealus, Chris Ochs, BethAnn Chamberlain
  3. NBCU 3: 156.9 total seconds. Patrick Dodd, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Haley Perlus, MJ Connors, Jamie Stanton

SPORT

  1. Humax Posse: 227.97 total seconds. Chris Stone, Nick Nielsen, Will Biancarelli, Luke Lumley, Evan Strong
  2. Integra: 228.86 total seconds. Jeff DeWeese, Robert O’Shea, Aidan O’Shea, Lisa Carpenter, Graham Watanabe
  3. Technicolor 2: 232.12 total seconds. Yuru Schanman, Dean Osbourne, Gary Schanman,  Eric Rutter, Chris Newey

In addition to the top team results, here is a breakdown of the Fastest Females, Fastest Males and the Top 3 Snowboarders:

FASTEST FEMALE

  1. Kate Kirwood, HBO, 27.62 seconds
  2. Diann Roffe, HPE, 28.33 seconds
  3. Haley Perlus, NBC Universal, 29.04 seconds

FASTEST MALE

  1. Wyatt Hall, HBO, 26.31 seconds
  2. Andrew McNealus, Precision Optical, 26.89 seconds
  3. Stacey Bolger, Precision Optical, 27.47 seconds

TOP SNOWBOARDERS

  1. Tristan Clegg, S&D Marketing | Advertising, 38.36 seconds
  2. JT Lumley, Humax Rush, 42.53 seconds
  3. Albert Garcia, Humax Rush, 43.99 seconds

Finally, each year we hand out 3 very special awards to the Best Dressed, the Best Crash & the Most Time on Course. Here are this year’s winners:

BEST DRESSED (Founding Fathers and Betsey Ross): CAS Group
BEST CRASH: John Young, S&D Marketing | Advertising
MOST TIME SPENT ON COURSE: Thomas Jefferson, CAS Group

For complete race results, click on the link below.

http://www.adaptivespirit.com/cms/resource_library/files/a3a6558af316edf9/index.html

YOUTH Race Results

We had another great turnout this year, as 37 of our youth racers competed in the 2017 race! Each age category showed some incredible times from both the girls and the boys groups.

Here is a breakdown of the top 3 times within each age category:

7 & UNDER: GIRLS

  1. Stella DiGeronimo, 49.21 seconds
  2. Susanna Piro, 52.03 seconds
  3. Lejle Bambur, 52.17 seconds

8-11: GIRLS

  1. Piper Mayes, 34.63 seconds
  2. Bella Tolle,  39.97 seconds
  3. Nayra Garcia, 42.1 seconds

12-16: GIRLS

  1. Kaitlin Zingler, 43.6 seconds
  2. Elli Rothschild, 46.5 seconds
  3. Emily Barr, 56.07 seconds

7 & UNDER: BOYS

  1. Nicholas Piro, 1:13
  2. William DiGeronimo, 1:43

8-11: BOYS

  1. Bennett Jardine, 33.15 seconds
  2. Caden Mahonchak, 33.73 seconds
  3. Thomas Barr, 38.35 seconds

12-16: BOYS

  1. Rory Bartlett, 34.85 seconds
  2. Will Biancarelli, 35.55 seconds
  3. Ryan, 39.86 seconds

Meet your sponsored athlete!

 PLATINUM SPONSORS
Cisco Tyler Walker
Cox Keith Gabel
Disney and ESPN Media Networks Josh Elliott
Ericsson Danelle and Rob Umstead
HBO Thomas Walsh
Huawei Technologies Mark Bathum/Cade Yamamoto
Humax USA Evan Strong
NBCUniversal Jamie Stanton
Netcracker Technology Andrew Kurka
Nominum Stephanie Jallen
 GOLD SPONSORS
AMC Networks Monica Bascio
ARRIS Kevin Burton/Chris Tatsuno
Assurant Laurie Stephens
Charter Staci Mannella/Sadie DeBaun
Fujitsu Network Communications Chris Devlin-Young
S&D Marketing | Advertising Brenna Huckaby
Visible World Mike Schultz
 SILVER SPONSORS
Amdocs Mark Urich
CAS Group Melanie Schwartz
CSG International Alana Nichols
Deluxe OnDemand Stephani Victor
FCB Chicago Ralph Green
Fox Networks Group Oksana Masters
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Ben Black
Horowitz Research Michael Minor
IWCO Direct Nicole Roundy
NetScout Systems Tony McAllister
Neustar Inc. Brad Alire
Nokia Jessica Smith
PM3 Chris Clark
Ruckus Wireless Bob Meserve
Sagemcom Stephen Lawler
Slalom Kevin Jardine
Stingray Mike Shea
Technicolor Chris Newey
Vubiquity Jasmin Bambur
 BRONZE SPONSORS
Accedo Joy Rondeau
Adobe Eileen Carey
Advanced 1 John Farra
AT&T Sports Networks Graham Watanabe/Andy Soule
beIn Sports BethAnn Chamberlain
Ciena Chris Waddell
Concurrent Pat Holland
Dun & Bradstreet Kevin Jardine
Espial Mark Mann
EYEMG Jessica Smith
Hitron Technologies America Tony McAllister
iN Demand Victor Beckman
Initiative Chris Newey
IntegraOptics Graham Watanabe
Myhren Media Andy Soule
NESN John Farra
Oracle Mike Brown
Ovation Chris Waddell
Precision Optical Transceivers BethAnn Chamberlain
Samsung Pat Holland
Sand Cherry Associates Mark Mann
TiVo Bob Meserve
Universal Electronics Victor Beckman
Univision Eileen Carey
World Wide Technology Joy Rondeau

Snowboarders successful at world cup final with one year until Winter Games

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March 13, 2017
 

Snowboarders successful at world cup final with one year until Winter Games

  • Mann, Minor and Strong secured overall world cup titles.
  • Team USA won nine medals, including two golds, at the PyeongChang test event.

PYEONGCHANG – The U.S. Paralympics Snowboard team won four overall world cup titles and brought home nine medals at the 2017 World Para Snowboard World Cup Final, which served as the test event for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

During Friday’s snowboard-cross competition, Team USA won four medals with silvers from Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah) and Brenna Huckaby (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), and bronzes from Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City, Utah). Mark Mann (Woodbury, Minnesota) and Mike Minor (Waymart, Pennsylvania) had previously secured the necessary points to claim their respective world cup titles, and Evan Strong (Maui, Hawaii) was able to secure his own globe as well to complete the U.S. title sweep.

In Monday’s banked slalom events, Team USA secured five additional medals to close out the PyeongChang test event and world cup final. Minor raced to gold, giving him the overall world cup title in the men’s SB-UL division. Bronze medals from Mike Schultz (Saint Cloud, Minnesota), Mike Shea (Castaic, California) and Purdy rounded out the day, as Huckaby took the final gold by nearly two seconds.

With the test event serving as the final international event of the 2016-17 season, the U.S. riders will close their season at the U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding National Championships at Copper Mountain in Colorado, March 24-26.

OVERALL TITLES
Mark Mann SB-LL1: snowboard-cross
Evan Strong SB-LL2: snowboard-cross
Mike Minor SB-UL: snowboard-cross
Mike Minor SB-UL: banked slalom

MEDAL COUNT
Team USA: 9
Keith Gabel (SB-LL2): snowboard-cross silver
Brenna Huckaby (SB-LL1): snowboard-cross silver, banked slalom gold
Amy Purdy (SB-LL1): snowboard-cross bronze, banked slalom bronze
Tyler Burdick (SB-LL1): snowboard-cross bronze
Mike Minor (SB-UL): banked slalom gold
Mike Schultz (SB-LL1): banked slalom bronze
Mike Shea (SB-LL2): banked slalom bronze

RESULTS
Full results of the world cup are available at the World Para Snowboard website.

For more information, contact Stafford Braxton, U.S. Paralympics, 719-866-2944 or Stafford.Braxton@usoc.org.
United States Olympic Committee
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

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Adaptive Spirit 2017 makes a move to the Vail Marriott! FAQ

All the questions you need to know for #ASvail2017!

FAQ

Q:  If I paid any money to the Hotel Talisa but I wish to stay at another location, will I get a refund?

A:  Yes – All payments will be 100% refunded in 7-10 working days of placing the request.

Q:  How much will the rooms cost if I had a reservation at the Hotel Talisa?

A:  Your cost will not be more. A similar room type will be the same or less as your reservation at the Hotel Talisa.

Q:  Should I cancel my reservation at the Hotel Talisa and book another property?

A:  It is better to contact the SkiTAM staff to handle this for you. Most rooms in the Lionshead area have been contracted by Adaptive Spirit in anticipation of this change. For your convenience, our staff will contact everyone who currently has a Talisa reservation, facilitate the cancellation and rebooking.

Q:  What other properties are available?

A: As of February 23, rooms are going fast! In addition to rooms at the Hotel Talisa, the following properties are holding rooms and condos:

  • Lionshead:
    • Arabelle / Lion Square Lodge / Montaneros / Evergreen Lodge / Ritz Carlton
  • Vail Village:
    • Lodge at Vail / Sonnenalp / Austria Haus
  • Golden Peak:
    • Manor Vail

Q:  What would happen if I chose to stay at the Hotel Talisa?

A:  Recognizing there will be ongoing construction, you will be treated to a brand new room that is nothing but Starwood Luxury Brand fabulous! In addition, the convenience of getting on and off the mountain using the Cascade lift is always a draw. It will also be convenient for the Saturday activities since they are still being held in that hotel.

Q:  If I choose to stay at the Hotel Talisa, how will I get to the group activities?

A:  The Hotel Talisa shuttle will be running on a regular basis. The shuttle regular stops include the Marriott, Evergreen Lodge, Lionshead, Vail Transportation Center and Golden Peak on request. The Town of Vail bus runs throughout Vail Village and has a regular stop at the Marriott.

Q: Where will I find information at the event on location changes?

A: There will be signage and materials located in Hotel Talisa,  the Vail Marriott and other participating hotels providing correct  event time and location. You can also access the mobile App to find all agenda information and interactive maps.

Q:  Where will I register?

A:  SkiTAM HQ will be at the Vail Marriott. Please plan to visit us to register and receive everything you will need to attend the event.

For more information, contact:

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Oksana Masters wins bronze in individual biathlon world championships

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February 14, 2017
Oksana Masters wins bronze in individual biathlon world championships

 

  • Oksana Masters finished third in the women’s sitting individual biathlon at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships
  • Masters’ podium finish was her second of the week, and the third for Team USA

FINSTERAU, Germany – Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky) won her second medal of the week as she claimed bronze in the women’s sitting individual biathlon at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.

Masters, who won her first world title in Sunday’s cross-count sprint, returned to the podium in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon event. Masters’ effort on the skis was buoyed by two perfect trips to the range out of four stages.

Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) had his best-ever showing on the world championship stage as he recorded a fourth-place finish in the men’s 15km individual biathlon. Pike finished less than three seconds off the podium. Pike’s teammate and U.S. Army veteran Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas) finished seventh in the same event.

QUOTES

Oksana Masters
“Today was a complete shock. Although it was a great sunny day, it was one of those frustrating days for biathlon because of the wind. I went into this race with no expectations and just wanted to focus on my process of shooting and have that perfect shot.

“The first two stages didn’t go so well, and I thought it was over at that point. Then I just wanted to out ski people, but I was able to get some good cues from my coaches on the side of the course. As I was approaching the range I focused more on my breath and just taking it one shot at a time and it worked out in the end.”

MEDAL COUNT
Team USA: 3
Oksana Masters: 1 gold (cross-country sprint); 1 bronze (individual biathlon)
Andy Soule: 1 silver (cross-country sprint)

NEXT RACE
Team USA will next compete in the cross-country long-distance events on Thursday, Feb. 16. Competition in Finsterau runs through Sunday, Feb. 19.

LIVESTREAM AND RESULTS
Follow live results on the Finsterau 2017 website and U.S. Paralympics on Facebook and Twitter for Team USA updates.

For more information, contact Katie Branham, U.S. Paralympics, 719-866-3302 or Katie.Branham@usoc.org.

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

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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.

OTHER TOP TEAM USA RESULTS
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

QUOTES
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.”

LIVESTREAM & RESULTS
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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Colorado Springs, CO 80909

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A Message from the Adaptive Spirit Board Chairperson

Looking back on our 21 years, I reflect on how much our industry has changed and how much the U.S. Paralympic Team that we support has evolved. In the telecom industry, we continue finding new ways to distribute, entertain and delight our collective customers while U.S. Paralympic athletes find new ways to adapt, advance and reach their competitive goals. Just a few short years ago, adaptive snowboarding did not exist. Now, it is the fastest growing winter adaptive sport, and the U.S. Paralympic Snowboard Team is the best team in the world! That does not happen without Adaptive Spirit’s consistent, long-term support of the athletes and coaches of the U.S. Paralympic Ski and Snowboard Teams. As Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA, stated at the 2016 opening keynote: “What we are doing as an industry to support these adaptive athletes is important, but what we are doing together as an industry to develop products and services for people with disabilities is an important example of how we can continue to improve the lives of our customers.”

On behalf of the Adaptive Spirit board, event committee and volunteers, we thank you for your continued support of Adaptive Spirit and hope you have April 6-9 circled on your 2017 calendar. Next year is an extremely important year for
the team as they prepare for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With your help, we plan to ensure that the team has the financial support necessary to be at their best!

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Steve Raymond
Chairperson,  
Adaptive Spirit Board of Directors

2016 Final Race Results

ADULT Race Results

The 2016 Adult Race brought together 375 racers and 72 teams. The Competitive Division posted some great times as well as the Sport Division. Here is a breakdown of the top 3 teams from each Division:

COMPETITIVE

  1. HBO 1: 128.22 total seconds. Brenda Kirwood, Jeff Kirwood, Clay Kirwood, Gregory Graf, Thomas Walsh
  2. Ericsson 2: 140.05 total seconds. Josh Miles, Kaja Michaelson, Craig Stein, Craig Mahonchak, Rob Umstead
  3. NBCU 1: 141.76 total seconds. Fletcher McDonald, Drake Harris, John Fulton, MJ Conners, Jamie Stanton (Thomas Walsh)

SPORT

  1. Rocket Fuel: 194.25 total seconds. Todd Campbell, Jon Caddell, Kristin Longley, Chris Newey
  2. Deluxe OnDemand 3: 195.36 total seconds. Craig Heiting, Jeff Chen, Keith Nichols, Paul Conway, Evan Strong
  3. Disney & ESPN 1: 198.84 total seconds. Sarah Hiserington, Jim Obermeyer, Gary Schanman, Pete O’Connell, Stephanie Jallen

In addition to the top team results, here is a breakdown of the Fastest Females, Fastest Males and the Top 3 Snowboarders:

FASTEST FEMALE

  1. Brenda Kirwood, HBO, 26.13 seconds
  2. Dani Brownwell, NBCU, 26.60 seconds
  3. Jill Hansen, Sand Cherry, 30.98 seconds

FASTEST MALE

  1. Clay Kirwood, HBO, 23.58 seconds
  2. Jeff Kirwood, HBO, 24.99 seconds
  3. David MacKay, Adobe, 25.11 seconds

TOP SNOWBOARDERS

  1. Jason Peters, NBCU, 37.55 seconds
  2. Brian Metzger, Nominum, 38.08 seconds
  3. Craig Mahonchak, Ericsson, 38.32 seconds

 

Finally, each year we hand out 3 very special awards to the Best Dressed, the Best Crash & the Most Time on Course. Here are this year’s winners:

BEST DRESSED (Bagpiping Scots): CAS Group
BEST CRASH: Anne Marie Hukriede, S&D Marketing | Advertising
MOST TIME SPENT ON COURSE: Huawei 3

For complete race results, click on the link below.

http://www.adaptivespirit.com/cms/resource_library/files/fe962ccf018e4ee4/index.html

 

YOUTH Race Results

We had another great turnout this year, as 32 of our youth racers competed in the 2016 race! Each age category showed some incredible times from both the girls and the boys groups.

Here is a breakdown of the top 3 times within each age category:
6 & UNDER: GIRLS

  1. Maddie McKnight, 40.88 seconds
  2. Susana Piro, 43.44 seconds
  3. Alena Tolle, 01:15.3 seconds

7-10: GIRLS

  1. Megan Kingston, 44.32 seconds
  2. Bella Tolle, 45.28 seconds
  3. Cambrie Mahonchak, 46.40 seconds

11-16: GIRLS

  1. Estelle Fienberg, 35.16 seconds
  2. Kaitlin Zingler, 40.74 seconds
  3. Kennedy Kingston, 42.56 seconds

6 & UNDER: BOYS

  1. N/A

7-10: BOYS

  1. Bennett Jardine, 35.54 seconds
  2. Caden Mahonchak, 36.55 seconds
  3. Max Fienberg, 39.32 seconds

11-16: BOYS

  1. Rory Bartlett, 37.32 seconds
  2. Will Biancarelli, 41.52 seconds
  3. Ethan Graham, 42.34 seconds

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