Oksana Masters wins bronze in individual biathlon world championships

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.


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.”

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

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

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.


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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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!


Steve Raymond
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:


  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)


  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:


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


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


  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

For complete race results, click on the link below.



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:

  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


  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


Meet your Sponsored Athlete for Adaptive Spirit 2016!



While we continue over the course of the weekend to provide great networking activities that allow you to reconnect with your peers, we also want to give you the chance to get to know some of the extraordinary recipients of our fundraising efforts.

We have paired each of the 2016 Sponsor companies with a member of the U.S. Paralympics Ski and Snowboard Team, giving you the opportunity to learn more about one of these amazing athletes. We highly encourage you to invite them to go skiing and/or out to dinner one evening, as they would love the chance to get to know you as well. If you are racing, they are going to be your secret weapon on race day! Please note: with so many amazing Sponsors racing this year, we had to pair some of the athletes with multiple companies.

Take a look at the pairing list below to see which athlete your sponsor company is paired with!


Cisco (Tyler Walker)

Cox (Mike Shea)

Disney and ESPN Media Networks (Stephanie Jallen)

Ericsson (Danelle Umstead)

HBO (Thomas Walsh)

Huawei Technologies (Heidi Jo Duce)

NBCUniversal (Jamie Stanton)

Netcracker (Andrew Kurka)

NFL Network (Mike Schultz)


Bright House Networks (Josh Elliott)

Deluxe OnDemand (Evan Strong)

EYEMG (Sandy Dukat)

Fujitsu Network Communications (Chris Devlin-Young)

Humax USA (Mary Riddell)

Nominum (Laurie Stephens)

S&D Marketing | Advertising (Monte Meier)

Visible World (Oksana Masters)

Vubiquity (Jasmin Bambur)


ARRIS (Kevin Burton)

Assurant Solutions (Michael Minor)

Concurrent (Ralph Green)

FCB Chicago (Jennifer Stedman)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (George Sansonetis)

Horowitz Research (Mark Bathum)

NetScout Systems, Inc. (Andy Soule)

Neustar Inc. (Monica Bascio)

Nokia (Keith Gabel)

Samsung (Brad Alire)

SeaChange International (Jon Lujan)

Sigma Systems (Chris Waddell)

Technicolor (Mark Urich)

TiVo (Sean Halsted)


ADB (Ben Black)

Adobe (Travis McLain)

Alticast (Mary Riddell)

Amdocs (Tony McAllister)

CAS Group (Melanie Schwartz)

Charter (Kelley Fox)

Ciena (Victor Beckman)

Clearleap (Mark Kelly)

CSG International (Bob Meserve)

Dun & Bradstreet (Eileen Carey)

Espial (Miah Wheeler)

Fox Networks (Sean Halsted)

Hitron Americas (Kevin Jardine)

ID Media (Eileen Carey)

iN DEMAND (Bob Meserve)

Infinera (Kelley Fox)

IntegraOptics (Miah Wheeler)

IWCO Direct (Stephen Lawler)

Myhren Media (Bryan Price)

NESN (Jessica Smith)

ONE World Sports (John Farra)

Oracle Marketing Cloud (Ben Black)

Rocket Fuel (Chris Newey)

ROOT SPORTS (Nicole Roundy)

Ruckus Wireless (Tony McAllister)

Sagemcom (Victor Beckman)

Sand Cherry Associates (Dave Mark)

Stingray (Mark Kelly)

Univision (Kevin Jardine)

Adaptive Spirit celebrates the KIDS too!


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Planning to bring your family up to Vail, Colorado for Adaptive Spirit 2016? Make sure you check out all the kids-only information below! We have several great activities planned, making this an unforgettable weekend for the entire family.


1:30-3:30 PM


Black Forest Race Arena | Vail Mountain

Kids 14 and younger are eligible to race along with their peers and the U.S. Paralympics Ski and Snowboard Team athletes. The athletes are available for pointers and encouragement. Kids are guaranteed to have fun on this youth racecourse!

Sponsored by Ciena

5:00-9:30 PM


Cascade Ballroom Foyer | Vail Cascade Resort

Check in at the Cascade Ballroom Foyer at 5:00 PM for a no-parents-allowed night out. The evening includes dinner, a DJ, games and much more. Parents need to complete registration and liability-release forms in advance. Shuttle transportation leaves promptly at 5:15 PM.

Sponsored by Douglas Craver & Anna Jones-Craver

6:00-10:00 PM


Centennial Ballroom | Vail Cascade Resort

Kids enjoy Friday night at the movies while their parents are on the town. Two movies and kid-friendly food give them something fun to do on Friday night. All ages welcome at this chaperoned event. Parents must complete registration and liability-release forms. Children five and under must be accompanied by an adult. This year, we will have two movies showing in two rooms. We will show Minions and The Peanuts Movie for kids eight and under. Pan and Goosebumps will screen for youth ages nine and older.

Sponsored by iN DEMAND


6:00-10:00 PM


Centennial Ballroom | Vail Cascade Resort

Kids can party on Saturday, too! From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the folks at Disney and ESPN Media Networks create an unforgettable night filled with network characters, games, dinner and activities. All ages are welcome. Parents must complete registration and liability-release forms. Children five and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Disney Ad -  Kids Night Out

Sponsored by Disney and ESPN Media Networks


2016 Registration is OPEN!



Adaptive Spirit is on track to once again execute the best networking event in the telecommunications industry. Sharing best industry practices at our high-level educational panels has continued to help this event grow, attracting an impressive list of industry VIPs and sponsor companies. Join us April 7-10 in Vail, CO when we connect Adaptive Spirit members with vendors and resources, building relationships and business ventures that will last a lifetime.

Our industry’s commitment to supporting the adaptive athletes of the U.S. Paralympic National Ski and Snowboard Team is another benefit to attending. As we help build this team, they continue to change our lives by reminding us of the importance of tenacity and working hard to meet individual group goals.

Look for Adaptive Spirit to create more value for your business and new ways to generate success by registering for the event today.


We hope you will join us in Vail!


Adaptive Spirit Headquarters

2329 West Main Street, Suite 207

Littleton, CO 80120

Main Number: 303-797-9507

E-mail: contactus@adaptivespirit.com

What is the Annual Event (aka SkiTAM)?

SkiTAM is the annual networking and educational event hosted by Adaptive Spirit. This three-day event brings together cable industry executives and their families from all over the country and is widely recognized as one of the industry’s top-ranked networking opportunities. Thanks to industry support, this annual event brings Adaptive Spirit members together to build up the telecommunications business. All funds remaining after expenses are paid are donated to a charitable organization. Once again, Adaptive Spirit chose the U.S. Paralympic National Ski and Snowboard Team as the recipient of the majority of those funds in 2015. The 20th Anniversary Event broke all records with 1,215 registrants and 157 industry companies represented. Another record was broken when all of the sponsor packages sold out by December 15. This is the earliest sell out in history! We also hosted a record number of team alumni, many of which were on the team during the first few years of SkiTAM.