Huntsman Cup a success at PCMR
April 1, 2014
Spectators and competitors alike made sure to get a good look at Allison Jones’s slalom runs at Park City Mountain Resort on Thursday.
Competing in the Huntsman Cup, the week’s races were the last for Jones, who retired from skiing after the event.
A storied career that includes a Paralympic gold medal from the 2006 Games, a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Games and various other Winter Paralympics medals finished with a bang, as Jones won both Thursday’s women’s standing slalom event and Wednesday’s women’s standing giant slalom race.
Despite spotty snow conditions, Jones and the rest of the racers were happy with the way the course held up for the event.
"They managed to run a really good event with the conditions," she said. "It turned out to be a really successful event."
Jones said she tried to enjoy her last event as much as she could, spending time on the slopes with some of the friends she’s made throughout her ski racing career.
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"I was just having fun, really," she said. "It was good to be with friends. I had a blast just chilling and skiing."
But, now that her career is over, she’s looking forward to taking the next step in her life.
"I really want to start my next career," she said.
Jones, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Denver, isn’t sure exactly what that next career will be, but she’s ready to get going.
Her racing days aren’t entirely over, though. She also has a silver medal in cycling from the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing and she plans on competing on her bike for a couple more years, at least.
"I plan to go through Rio, the 2016 Paralympics," she said.
Katrina Schaber (second) and Melanie Schwartz (third) joined Jones on the slalom podium Thursday, while Laurie Stephens won the sitting slalom race and Staci Mannella won the visually-impaired slalom with guide Kim Seevers.
Schaber (second) and Schwartz (third) also joined Jones on the giant slalom podium. Mannella and Seevers again won the visually-impaired event and Alana Nichols won the sitting GS race.
Stephanie Jallen won Friday’s standing slalom race, with Schaber and Schwartz again finishing second and third. Stephens won the sitting slalom and Mannella/Seevers took first in the visually-impaired race.
On the men’s side, Jeffrey Peterson won Wednesday’s visually-impaired GS race. Ralph Green won the standing giant slalom event and Arly Velasquez took gold in the sitting GS.
In Friday’s slalom race, Larry Martin won the visually-impaired class, with Green taking first in the standing class and Heath Calhoun earning gold in the sitting class.
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