Tompkins tabbed for Turin

Juneau monoskier takes 6th in slalom at U.S. nationals

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2006

Juneau resident and monoskier Joe Tompkins was named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski team Friday.

Tompkins will be making a return appearance in the Paralympics after competing in Salt Lake City four years ago. Tompkins will join 26 other disabled athletes, 19 men and seven women, in representing the United States from March 10-20 in Turin, Italy.

"We have a very talented team with a lot of returning Paralympians and others who've experienced the international circuit, and I feel our team is so strong that we can bring home the most alpine skiing medals of any Paralympic Team," U.S. coach Kevin Jardine said on the national team's Web site on Friday.

Tompkins will be among the team's most versatile and experienced skiers in Turin, especially after a successful week at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships in Park City, Utah.

Tompkins finished in the top seven in three of the races in the championships and should be heading to Turin with a head of steam.

On Thursday, Tompkins placed sixth in the slalom with a time of 1 minute, 59.84 seconds. Christopher Devlin-Young won the title in 1:40.43.

Tompkins had the best showing at the championships Wednesday in the downhill. The Juneau resident jetted down the course in 1:52.70, good for second place. Champion Kevin Bramble won the gold in 1:51.52.

The 37-year-old placed seventh in Monday's Super-G, completing the course in 1:00.89.

Tompkins is in his seventh year on the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. In 2002, Tompkins placed sixth in both the downhill and Super-G at the Salt Lake City Paralympics.

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