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Laurie Stephens, pictured above, makes her world cup debut this season less than a week after winning bronze at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships. 

Team USA returns to the snow after the world championships where Team USA won three medals highlighted by a two-medal performance by Thomas Walsh. The U.S. will hope to perform well in Veysonnaz, Switzerland in giant slalom and super-G. The event will run from Feb. 6-10 and feature three super-G and three giant slalom races, following this week's cancellation of the World Cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Andrew Kurka will be looking for a medal in the super-G race after crashing in Sella Nevea, Italy and leaving the 2019 world championships without a medal. Laurie Stephens will be looking to beat the competition in the women's sitting category, notably four-time Worlds medalist Anna-Lena Forster of Germany. 

Follow results from Veysonnaz with the Team USA medal tracker: 

Team USA tracker graphic for 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia.

Wednesday, February 6 - Super-G 

Laurie Stephens and Burton/Grimmelmann claim two medals each in the super-G to open competition

On the opening day of competition, Laurie Stephens was able to claim two medals in the super-G women's sitting event, behind Germany's Anna-Lena Forster. In the men's vision impaired group, Kevin Burton and his guide, Kurt Grimmelmann also earned two medals. Andrew Kurka won a bronze medal on his first day of competition as well. 

SILVER

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting
  • Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's vision impaired

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting
  • Andrew Kurka - men's sitting
  • Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's vision impaired

Top-10 Finishes

  • 4th: Thomas Walsh - standing

Thursday, February 7 - Super-G

Americans earn three bronze medals on the second day of competition

Stephens picked up her third medal in Veysonnaz, coming in third behind Muraoka and Forster. Andrew Kurka earned his second medal of the world cup, with a bronze in the men's sitting super-G. Meanwhile, Kevin Burton and guide Kurt Grimmelmann claimed bronze in the men's vision impaired category behind teams from France and Slovakia. This is Burton and Grimmelmann's first season competing together. 

BRONZE

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting
  • Andrew Kurka - men's sitting
  • Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's vision impaired

Top-10 Finishes

  • 5th: Thomas Walsh - standing

Friday, February 8 -  

Giant Slalom

Americans fall just short of podium on day three

Japan's Momoka Muraoka was dominant in the women's sitting group, claiming the gold as Stephens finished fourth behind Muraoka, Victoria Pendergast of Australia and Forster. On the men's vision impaired side, Slovakia and France claimed the top four giant slalom finishes, as Burton and Grimmelman came in sixth. Andrew Kurka recorded a DNF (did not finish) in the men's sitting discipline.  

Top-10 Finishes

  • 4th: Laurie Stephens - women's sitting
  • 5th: Thomas Walsh - men's standing
  • 6th: Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's vision impaired

Saturday, February 9 -  

Giant Slalom

Stephens and Burton/Grimmelmann pick up two more medals

Laurie Stephens earned her second silver medal and fourth podium finish on Saturday, coming in second behind Japan's Momoka Muraoka in the women's sitting group. Burton and Grimmelmann picked up their third bronze medal as the weekend kicked off, as the Slovakian duos claimed first and second place in the men's vision impaired group. Kurka barely missed the podium, coming back from Friday's DNF. 

SILVER

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting

BRONZE

  • Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's vision impaired

Top-10 Finishes

  • 4th: Andrew Kurka - men's sitting
  • 5th: Thomas Walsh - men's standing

Sunday, February 10 -  

Giant Slalom

Stephens earns the only medal for Team USA on the final day 

On the final day of competition, Burton and Grimmelmann weren't able to earn a podium finish, coming in fifth in the final giant slalom race. On the men's sitting side, Kurka logged a second DNF as Jeroen Kampschreur of the Netherlands won gold. Stephens earned another silver medal behind Muraoka, giving her a total of five medals  three silver and two bronze.

SILVER

  • Laurie Stephens - women's sitting

Top-10 Finishes

  • 5th: Thomas Walsh - men's standing
  • 5th: Kevin Burton and Kurt Grimmelmann - men's vision impaired

Follow Along

Follow U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Live results are available here.  

Source : https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2019/February/06/Team-USA-Medal-Tracker-Para-Alpine-Skiing-World-Cup-Veysonnaz

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