United States at the 2010 Winter Paralympics

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
United States at the Paralympic Games

Flag of the United States
IPC code  USA
NPC United States Paralympic Committee
Website www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics
At the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver
Competitors 50 in 5[1] sports
Flag bearer Heath Calhoun (opening)[2]
Monte Meier (closing)[3]
Medals
Rank: 6
Gold
4
Silver
5
Bronze
4
Total
13
Paralympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

The United States sent a delegation to compete at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada. A total of 50 U.S. competitors took part in all five sports.[1] The American delegation included five former members of the U.S. military, including a veteran of the Iraq War (Heath Calhoun) and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan (Andy Soule).[1]

The United States finished sixth in the gold medal and fifth in the total medal count. U.S. coverage of the 2010 Paralympic Games was provided primarily by the Universal Sports Television Network.[4]

Disability classifications[edit]

Every participant at the Paralympics had their disability grouped into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[5][6] Each Paralympic sport then had its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events were given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing. Events with "B" in the code were for athletes with visual impairment, codes LW1 to LW9 were for athletes who stood to compete, and LW10 to LW12 were for athletes who competed sitting down.[7] In biathlon events, which contained a target shooting component, blind and visually impaired athletes were able to compete through the use of acoustic signals, whose signal intensity varied dependent upon whether or not the athlete was on target.[8]

Medalists[edit]

The following American athletes won medals at the games; all dates are for March 2010.[9] In the 'by discipline' sections below, medalists' names are in bold.

Heath Calhoun carrying the U.S. flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada on March 12, 2010

Alpine skiing - Paralympic pictogram.svg Alpine skiing[edit]

On February 26, 2010, U.S. Paralympics nominated a team of 14 men and 10 women (plus three guides) to compete in alpine skiing.

Men[10]
Athlete Event Class Run 1 Run 2 Final/Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mark Bathum
Guide: Slater Storey
Downhill, visually impaired B 3 N/A 1:18.63 2
Giant slalom, visually impaired B 3 Disqualified --
Slalom, visually impaired B 3 53.04 9 1:17.41 11 2:10.45 11
Super combined, visually impaired B 3 Super-G
Did not finish
--
Super-G, visually impaired B 3 N/A 1:23.05 4
Carl Burnett Giant slalom, sitting LW 11 1:27.05 16 1:29.40 15 2:56.45 14
Slalom, sitting LW 11 53.99 18 59.28 9 1:53.27 9
Super combined, sitting LW 11 Super-G
1:37.95
15 Slalom
53.10
8 2:31.05 12
Super-G, sitting LW 11 N/A Did not finish
Heath Calhoun Slalom, sitting LW 12–2 Did not finish --
Super-G, sitting LW 12–2 N/A 1:24.77 8
Super combined, sitting LW 12–2 Super-G
1:23.66
4 Slalom
55.33
11 2:18.99 10
Nicholas Catanzarite Giant slalom, sitting LW 10–1 1:50.92 34 1:46.76 23 3:37.68 23
Super-G, sitting LW 10–1 N/A Did not finish
Christopher Devlin-Young Downhill, sitting LW 12–1 N/A 1:22.65 13
Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:24.96 12 Did not finish --
Slalom, sitting LW 12–1 54.05 19 Did not finish --
Super combined, sitting LW 12–1 Super-G
1:24.01
6 Slalom
52.70
7 2:16.71 7
Super-G, sitting LW 12–1 N/A 1:21.00 4
Ralph Green Giant slalom, standing LW 2 1:23.97 30 1:24.99 29 2:48.96 29
Slalom, standing LW 2 58.11 22 58.67 24 1:56.78 22
Super-G, standing LW 2 N/A Disqualified
Gerald Hayden Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:27.32 18 Did not finish --
Slalom, sitting LW 12–1 50.61 8 1:06.43 22 1:57.04 16
Ian Jansing Giant slalom, standing LW 9–2 1:23.49 28 1:29.30 34 2:52.79 32
Monte Meier Downhill, standing LW 2 N/A 1:28.48 22
Slalom, standing LW 2 55.31 10 53.98 4 1:49.29 8
Super combined, standing LW 2 Super-G
1:33.07
16 Slalom
51.13
7 2:24.20 14
Super-G, standing LW 2 N/A 1:31.91 27
George Sansonetis Downhill, standing LW 9–2 N/A 1:28.47 21
Giant slalom, standing LW 9–2 1:22.94 26 1:22.48 26 2:45.42 27
Slalom, standing LW 9–2 Disqualified --
Super-G, standing LW 9–2 N/A 1:35.74 31
Joseph Tompkins Downhill, sitting LW 11 N/A Did not finish
Tyler Walker Downhill, sitting LW 12–1 N/A Did not finish
Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:27.07 17 1:35.49 18 3:02.56 16
Slalom, sitting LW 12–1 53.24 14 1:00.10 13 1:53.34 10
Super-G, sitting LW 12–1 N/A 1:29.28 22
Bradley Washburn Downhill, standing LW 4 N/A 1:26.40 14
Giant slalom, standing LW 4 1:16.97 17 1:17.88 16 2:34.85 16
Slalom, standing LW 4 54.82 8 54.79 10 1:49.61 9
Super-G, standing LW 4 N/A 1:27.93 17
John Whitney Giant slalom, standing LW 2 1:23.67 29 1:23.50 28 2:47.17 28
Slalom, standing LW 2 59.61 27 57.68 22 1:57.29 23
Super-G, standing LW 2 N/A 1:32.97 28
Women[10]
Athlete Event Class Run 1 Run 2 Final/Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Allison Jones Downhill, standing LW 2 N/A 1:32.32 6
Giant slalom, standing LW 2 1:23.07 7 1:29.19 13 2:52.26 9
Slalom, standing LW 2 1:01.12 7 1:00.07 4 2:01.19 5
Super combined, standing LW 2 Super-G
1:38.07
8 Slalom
58.66
2 2:36.73 5
Super-G, standing LW 2 N/A 1:38.84 9
Ricci Kilgore Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:40.47 9 1:36.97 7 3:17.44 6
Slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:18.64 8 Disqualified --
Luba Lowery Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–2 1:41.06 10 1:45.24 9 3:26.30 9
Slalom, sitting LW 12–2 1:20.48 9 1:23.01 8 2:43.49 7
Alana Nichols Downhill, sitting LW 11 N/A 1:23.31 1
Giant slalom, sitting LW 11 1:28.04 1 1:29.53 1 2:57.57 1
Slalom, sitting LW 11 1:31.07 11 1:15.34 5 2:46.41 8
Super combined, sitting LW 11 Super-G
1:40.58
2 Slalom
1:06.96
5 2:47.54 3
Super-G, sitting LW 11 N/A 1:36.68 2
Hannah Pennington Giant slalom, standing LW 3–2 1:40.82 16 1:37.58 15 3:18.40 15
Slalom, standing LW 3–2 1:12.93 17 1:11.31 16 2:24.24 16
Caitlyn Sarubbi
Guide: Gwynn Watkins
Downhill, visually impaired B 3 N/A Did not finish
Giant slalom, visually impaired B 3 Super-G
1:44.57
10 Slalom
1:39.05
6 3:23.62 6
Slalom, visually impaired B 3 1:05.10 7 Did not finish
Super combined, visually impaired B 3 1:57.53 6 1:04.49 4 3:02.02 6
Super-G, visually impaired B 3 N/A 1:50.33 8
Laurie Stephens Downhill, sitting LW 12–1 N/A 1:28.26 2
Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:34.56 4 1:34.60 5 3:09.16 5
Slalom, sitting LW 12–1 1:09.96 6 1:18.93 6 2:28.89 5
Super combined, sitting LW 12–1 Super-G
1:46.79
5 Slalom
1:06.22
3 2:53.01 5
Super-G, sitting LW 12–1 N/A 1:38.38 4
Elitsa Storey Downhill, standing LW 2 N/A Did not start
Giant slalom, standing LW 2 Did not finish --
Slalom, standing LW 2 1:09.76 15 Did not start --
Danelle Umstead
Guide: Rob Umstead
Downhill, visually impaired B 2 N/A 1:30.18 3
Giant slalom, visually impaired B 2 1:37.90 7 2:03.74 8 3:41.64 8
Slalom, visually Impaired B 2 Did not finish --
Super combined, visually impaired B 2 Super-G
1:41.70
3 Slalom
1:07.05
6 2:48.75 3
Super-G, visually impaired B 2 N/A 1:40.62 4
Stephani Victor Downhill, sitting LW 12–2 N/A 1:36.99 4
Giant slalom, sitting LW 12–2 1:29.49 2 1:32.29 3 3:01.78 2
Slalom, sitting LW 12–2 1:04.57 1 1:08.06 2 2:12.63 2
Super combined, sitting LW 12–2 Super-G
1:38.46
1 Slalom
1:02.25
1 2:40.71 1
Super-G, sitting LW 12–2 N/A 1:40.36 6
Andy Soule, wins bronze in biathlon, Men's 2.4 km Pursuit.

Biathlon - Paralympic pictogram.png Biathlon[edit]

Two U.S. competitors participated in the biathlon. Both are also members of the U.S. cross-country skiing team.[1] Andy Soule, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, won the bronze medal in men's 2.4 km sitting pursuit on the opening day of the Paralympics, becoming the first American to win a biathlon medal in the either the Olympic or the Paralympic Winter Games.[11][12]

Athlete Events Class Factor % Qualification Final
Calculated time Missed shots Result Rank Calculated time Missed shots Result Rank
Andy Soule Men's 2.4 km Pursuit, sitting LW12 100 8:38.48 0+0 8:38.48 3 Q 1+0 10:53.01 3
Men's 12.4 km, sitting LW12 100 N/A 44:26.2 0+0+0+0 44:26.2 4
Kelly Underkofler Women's 3km Pursuit, standing LW8 97 11:40.43 1+0 12:00.43 8 Q 1+0 14:39.00 9
Women's 12.5 km, standing LW8 97 N/A 49:44.1 1+1+0+0 51:44.1 9

Cross-country skiing - Paralympic pictogram.png Cross-country skiing[edit]

The cross-country skiing team consists of four men and two women. Two of the skiers, Andy Soule and Kelly Underkofler, will also be competing in the biathlon.[1]

Calculated time

To ensure a fair event when athletes with differing disabilities compete, times achieved were sometimes modified by a percentage rate, to produce a result known as "Calculated Time". It is this time that decided the result of the races, and is listed below. Where this differs from the real time recorded, real time is also listed.[13]

Men
Athlete Events Class Factor % Qualification Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Sean Halsted 1 km sprint sitting LW11.5 98 CT: 2:18.72
RT: 2:21.55
10 Did not advance 10
10km sitting LW11.5 N/A CT: 28:35.8
RT: 29:10.8
7
15km sitting LW11.5 N/A CT: 43:25.6
RT: 44:18.8
9
Chris Klebl 1 km sprint sitting LW11 94 CT: 2:18.39
RT: 2:27.22
9 Did not advance 9
10km sitting LW11 N/A CT: 29:39.7
RT: 31:33.3
16
15km sitting LW11 N/A CT: 43:13.7
RT: 45:59.3
8
Greg Mallory 1 km sprint sitting LW11 94 CT: 2:21.89
RT: 2:30.95
18 Did not advance 18
10km sitting LW11 N/A CT: 30:35.3
RT: 32:32.4
24
15km sitting LW11 N/A CT: 46:30.6
RT: 46:30.6
26
Andy Soule 1 km sprint sitting LW12 100 2:19.77 11 Did not advance 11
10km sitting LW12 N/A 29:18.7 12
15km sitting LW12 N/A 43:32.8 10
Women
Athlete Events Class Factor % Qualification Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Monica Bascio 1 km sprint sitting LW11 94 CT: 2:43.73
RT: 2:54.18
8 Q CT: 2:56.90
RT: 3:08.19
4 Did not advance 8
5km sitting LW11 N/A CT: 16:32.4
RT: 17:35.7
10
10km sitting LW11 N/A CT: 34:33.9
RT: 36:46.3
9
Kelly Underkofler 1 km sprint classic standing LW8 92 CT: 4:51.17
RT: 5:16.49
Did not advance 13
5km classic standing LW8 N/A CT: 18:37.2
RT: 20:14.3
10
15km free standing LW8 N/A CT: 58:19.6
RT: 1:00:07.8
8
Key
  • RT = real time
  • CT = calculated time

Ice sledge hockey - Paralympic pictogram.png Ice sledge hockey[edit]

Team USA in a face-off against Team Japan during pool play on March 16, 2010.

The U.S. qualified for sledge hockey (also known as sled hockey) at the 2010 Paralympics by winning the 2009 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships.[14][15] USA Hockey nominated the 15-member sledge hockey team on December 15, 2009 pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.[16] With a win over Japan in the gold medal game on March 20, 2010, the U.S. captured its second-ever gold medal in the sport.[17] The team did not allow a goal in the tournament, outscoring its opponents by a total of 19 to 0. Alexi Salamone, born with deformed legs due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and later adopted by an American family, was the leading scorer for the U.S. with four goals and eight points in five games.[18]

Squad list Group stage (Pool A)[19] Semifinal Final
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
From:

Mike Blabac
Steve Cash
Taylor Chace
Jimmy Connelly
Brad Emmerson
Joseph Howard
Tim Jones
Nikko Landeros
Taylor Lipsett
Adam Page
Josh Pauls
Alexi Salamone
Greg Shaw
Bubba Torres
Andy Yohe (captain)
Head coach: Ray Maluta

South Korea
W 5–0
1 Q Norway
W 3–0
Japan
W 2–0
1
Czech Republic
W 3–0
Japan
W 6–0

Wheelchair curling - Paralympic pictogram.png Wheelchair curling[edit]

Above, the U.S. competes against Sweden in the bronze medal game while below, South Korea competes against Canada in the gold medal game.

The U.S. team qualified for the 2010 Paralympic wheelchair curling tournament based on their performance in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.[20] After two straight losses in the playoff round, the team finished in fourth place.

Team[edit]

The team is as follows:[21]

Skip: Augusto Perez
Third: Patrick McDonald
Second: James Pierce
Lead: Jacqui Kapinowski
Alternate: James Joseph
Coach: Steve Brown

Standings[edit]

Country Skip W L
Canada Armstrong, JimJim Armstrong 7 2
United States Perez, AugustoAugusto Perez 7 2
South Korea Kim, HaksungHaksung Kim 6 3
Italy Tabanelli, AndreaAndrea Tabanelli 5 4
Sweden Jungnell, JalleJalle Jungnell 5 4
Norway Lorentzen, RuneRune Lorentzen 3 6
Great Britain McCreadie, MichaelMichael McCreadie 3 6
Germany Jaeger, JensJens Jaeger 3 6
Japan Nakajima, YojiYoji Nakajima 3 6
Switzerland Bolliger, ManfredManfred Bolliger 3 6

Round robin results[edit]

The United States finished with a 7–2 win-loss record, in second place.[22]

Semifinals[edit]

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Final
United States (Perez) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5
South Korea (Kim) 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 1 7

Bronze medal game[edit]

Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Final
United States (Perez) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 5
3 Sweden (Jungnell) 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 7

Media coverage[edit]

U.S. coverage of the 2010 Paralympic Games was provided primarily by the Universal Sports Television Network. A nightly two-hour show covering daily competition was broadcast from March 15–23, and on-demand replays were offered on UniversalSports.com.[4] Daily video highlights were also available at the official website of the U.S. Paralympic Team, usparalympics.org. NBC showed a one-hour program covering the Opening Ceremony on March 13, and will show a two-hour highlights program on April 10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bourrgeois, Beth (February 26, 2010). "USOC Names the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Winter Games Team; 50 Athletes to Compete in Vancouver". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Blanchard, Jamie (March 11, 2010). "Heath Calhoun named U.S. flag bearer for Opening Ceremonies of 2010 Paralympic Winter Games". U.S. Paralympics. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Bourgeois, Beth (March 20, 2010). "Monte Meier named U.S. flag bearer for Closing Ceremony". U.S. Paralympics. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "NBC Sports and Universal Sports to Broadcast 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Highlights". U.S. Paralympics. March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. September 3, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. October 6, 2000. Retrieved September 18, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Sport Profiles, Alpine Skiing". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved March 4, 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Sport Profiles, Biathlon". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved March 4, 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Medallists". Vancouver 2010 Official Website. 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Alpine Skiing Schedule and Results, The Official Website of the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver
  11. ^ U.S. Paralympics (March 15, 2010). "Army vet wins first U.S. medal in Paralympic Biathlon". Army News Service. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ George, Josh (March 14, 2010). "Soule's medal a historic feat". U.S. Paralympics. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Winter Sport Classification". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "USA Wins Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A". International Paralympic Committee. May 18, 2009. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ Sweeney, Emily (March 11, 2010). "2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team nominated". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ "2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team nominated". U.S. Paralympics. December 15, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  17. ^ "U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Wins Gold at the Paralympic Winter Games with 2–0 Shutout of Japan". USA Hockey. March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  18. ^ AFP (March 20, 2010). "Ice sledge hockey: Americans blank Japan to take sledge hockey gold". The Official Website of the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Ice Sledge Hockey Schedule and Results". Vancouver 2010 official website. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Paralympic Qualification". World Curling Federation. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Curling Competition Teams – Confirmed" (PDF). World Curling Federation. January 19, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Wheelchair Curling Schedule and Results". Vancouver 2010 official website. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 

External links[edit]