Heath Calhoun, Mark Bathum win silver
Ryan Summerlin March 14, 2014
Submitted by U.S. Paralympics
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – In a four-medal day for Team USA’s alpine skiers, Army veteran Heath Calhoun and Mark Bathum won silver, while Stephanie Jallen and Danelle Umstead took bronze in the super combined at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
While the super combined is normally comprised of one run of super G and one run of slalom on the same day, conditions earlier in the week resulted in the slalom being held on Tuesday evening and the super G run three days later.
Retired Staff Sergeant Calhoun (Bristol, Tenn.) won his first-ever Paralympic medal after finishing fourth in Sunday’s individual super G. Calhoun was in fourth and nearly a second back from the leader after the slalom, but with a strong super G run he not only closed the gap on the lead but moved up to take silver in the men’s sitting class.
Bathum and guide Cade Yamamoto (Quincy, Wash.) won their second medal of the week after winning silver in the men’s visually-impaired super G. After the slalom portion of the super combined, they were sitting in fifth place, but the duo made up more than eight seconds on the super G run to land on the podium with the silver medal in the super combined.
First-time Paralympian Jallen (Harding, Pa.) won her second bronze medal of the Games after taking third in the super G earlier in the week. Jallen finished in a time of 57.98 seconds to edge her teammate Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) by nearly three and a half seconds. Earlier in the week Jones won bronze in the downhill and finished fourth in the slalom.
Danelle Umstead and guide Rob Umstead (Park City) won their first medal of the 2014 Games to add to the bronze medals they won in Vancouver in the super combined and downhill in the women’s visually-impaired class.
Jamie Stanton (Oakland Township, Mich.) finished 13th in the men’s standing class after sitting in 15th after the slalom run.
American Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) did not start Friday due to illness. Stephens was in fourth in the women’s sitting class after the slalom run.
Team USA has won eight medals in alpine skiing through Day 7, four silver and six bronze medals.
Alpine skiing competition resumes Saturday with the men’s giant slalom and runs through Sunday, March 16. For complete results and more information, visit Sochi2014.com.