Joe Tompkins, a U.S. Disabled Ski Team member from Juneau, finished well off the lead during the Hartford Ski Spectacular giant slalom race held Friday at Breckenridge Ski Area in Breckenridge, Colo.
Tompkins, 33, finished 34th overall and was the 12th mono-skier after posting a total time of 4 minutes, 3.67 seconds, with an adjusted time of 3:22.14 when the various degrees of disability are factored together. The adjusted time is used for the race's overall standings.
Friday's race is one of just four races to be used as a qualifying event for the 2002 Paralympics held March 7-16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The only other qualifiers for the 2002 U.S. Paralympics Team are three races -- slalom, giant slalom and super G -- at the Huntsman Cup on Jan. 4-6 in Park City, Utah. The U.S. Paralympics Team will be announced by Jan. 27.
Tompkins could not be reached for comment. However, there was a large time difference between his first run and his second run, the type of difference that usually signifies a skier crashed or skied off the course, then returned to finish the race. Tompkins was in fifth place among mono-skiers with a first-run time of 1:25.95, but his second-run time was 2:37.72 and well off the pace.
The Summit Daily News reported that more than half a foot of snow fell during the race, and the soft snow slowed the course significantly.
Chris Devlin-Young, a 39-year-old mono-skier from Campton, N.H., won the men's overall title with a total time of 2:32.42 and an adjusted time of 2:06.60. Devlin-Young, like Tompkins a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, was paralyzed below the knee and partially paralyzed from the waist down by a 1982 plane crash in Alaska.