Juneau's Joe Tompkins finishes second in Huntsman Cup super-G

Posted: Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Juneau's Joe Tompkins finished second among mono-skiers - and second overall - during Tuesday's super-G race at the Huntsman Cup in Park City, Utah.

Tompkins, a member of the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team, took third among mono-skiers and seventh overall during Monday's giant slalom race at the Huntsman Cup, a three-day NorAm Level 2 race series for disabled skiers.

On Tuesday, the Cup's final day of competition, Tompkins posted a time of 1 minute, 5.04 seconds in the super-G, a time that was adjusted for his level of disability. He finished behind mono-skier and USDAST member Chris Devlin-Young, who was the top overall finisher in 1:02.54.

In Monday's giant slalom race, Tompkins posted a two-run time of 2 minutes, 12.29 seconds, adjusted for his level of disability. He finished behind Devlin-Young (1:59.27) and Tyler Walker (2:03.28) among the 15 starters in the mono-ski division.

Devlin-Young was the overall winner and Walker took second place on Monday, while standing skier Clay Timothy Fox finished third overall in 2:09.67, followed by standing skier Ian Jansing (2:09.96), blind skier Andy Parr (2:09.99, with guide Ben Roberts), standing skier Monte Meier (2:11.05) and Tompkins.

On Sunday, Tompkins wasn't able to finish the slalom race, which was held in soft snow. Meier won the overall title with a two-run time of 1:40.92, and runner-up Walker was the top

mono-skier in 1:42.63.

Walker won the overall male title at the Huntsman Cup, while mono-skier Laurie Stephens won the overall female title.

Three years ago during this race series, Tompkins broke both legs when a strap holding him into his mono-ski popped loose.

The Huntsman Cup series this year is a tune-up for a series of Disabled World Cup races that take place Jan. 10-13 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The Disabled World Cup races are the first major international events in the United States since the 2002 Paralympics. The Disabled World Cup events will include two giant slalom races on Jan. 10-11 at Mount Werner and two slalom races on Jan. 12-13 at Howelsen Hill.

One of Tompkins' two Disabled World Cup victories came in a rare two-run downhill race held in December 1999 in Breckenridge, Colo. That was the first official Disabled World Cup event after several years with unofficial DWC races.

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