Tompkins does not finish final B.C. Disabled World Cup race

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005

After three days of weather postponements, racers finally got another chance to compete at the International Paralympic Committee-World Cup of the Disabled ski series in Kimberley, British Columbia.

But Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins was one of the few racers who couldn't complete the super-G course on Friday. Tompkins, who won a bronze medal in Monday's series-opening super-G race, was one of just four people (two male, two female) who didn't finish Friday's race. Also unable to finish was Monday's gold medalist, Tyler Walker of the United States.

The top finisher among mono-skiers was Chris Devlin-Young of the United States. Devlin-Young posted a single-run adjusted time of 1 minute, 13.83 seconds to easily beat Austria's Harald Eder (1:16.15) and Germany's Martin Braxenthaler (1:17.96).

The top blind skier was Canada's Chris Williamson (with guide Robert Taylor), who had a time of 1:14.74. Germany's Gerd Schnfelder was the top standing skier in 1:16.60.

Highlights from this week's events will be broadcast on cable TV on the OLN channel at noon AST (4 p.m. AST) on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The next Disabled World Cup ski series takes place Feb. 18-25 in Fendels, Austria.

Before heading to Europe, Tompkins and several members of the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team will take part in some exhibition races in the Winter X Games on Jan. 27-Feb. 1 in Aspen, Colo. The disabled ski demonstrations are scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

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