Tompkins takes first in downhill

Juneau monoskier claims gold medal in Switzerland

Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins claimed his third Disabled World Cup gold medal on Tuesday with a downhill victory in Klosters, Switzerland.

Tompkins led all monoskiers with a time of 1 minute, 15.42 seconds on the Madrisa course. Fabrizio Zardini of Italy finished second in 1:15.98, and Tompkins' American teammate Christopher Devlin-Young was third in 1:16.82.

The win gave Tompkins his third Disabled World Cup gold medal, joining the super-G gold he received in January 2004 at Abtenau, Austria, and the two-run downhill gold he earned in December 1999 at Breckenridge, Colo.

Tompkins, 36, won a bronze medal earlier this season, in a January super-G race at Kimberley, British Columbia. He joined the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team six years ago, and specializes in speed events - like the downhill.

Tompkins could not be reached Tuesday - Switzerland is 10 hours ahead of Alaska - but additional race details may run later this week in the Empire.

Prior to competing in Switzerland, Tompkins and his teammates participated in Disabled World Cup races late last month in Austria. Tompkins' best finish was ninth place in a super-G race on Feb. 25.

The Disabled World Cup series in Klosters continues today with a super-G race, followed by a giant slalom race on Thursday and a slalom race on Friday to wrap up the competition.

The U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships will be held March 22-27 in Vail, Colo.

• The Juneau Empire sports department can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.



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