Tompkins heads for Paralympic Games

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins finished up Friday at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., and is en route to Vancouver to compete in the downhill event at the Paralympic Games for Team USA.

Tompkins, 41, was disqualified in Thursday's Super Combined after missing the last gate after not setting up for it correctly, he said.

On Friday, Tompkins finished 11th (1:16.17) out of 25 competitors in the Super-G.

"To me, it was just a downhill training run because I put a downhill ski on (the monoski)," Tompkins said of the race. "I wasn't going to win any points so I wasn't really worried about it - of course I'd like to win, but I wasn't putting any pressure on myself.

Saturday, Tompkins was in Denver before heading for Vancouver today.

Tompkins said he's thrilled with his Aspen performanceafter winning two downhill gold medals in addition to the Crystal Globe trophy for the year-end points championship, his first.

"The first (globe) they gave away was last year because they've never had enough downhills in a year because of race cancellations. They have globes for the Super-G, Giant Slaloms and Slaloms because they can always run those races with a little snow or a lot of snow. But the downhill, you can't because you have to have a lot of snow."

"But I went 2-for-4, and that's not bad," he continued. "I wasn't far enough out after the few mistakes I made to even worry about it. I really enjoyed myself."

Tompkins was so pleased with his performance, he decided to leave the door open for a possible return after thinking about retiring.

"Well, I've thought about it but I just don't know yet. It's hard to say," he said. "I keep telling my son I'm done, but he doesn't listen very well. You never know. I don't want to be like Brett Favre, though."

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