Snowbasin, UT, Mar. 4, 2001--Lee Joiner (Red Lodge, MT; LW9-1) and Muffy Davis (Sun Valley, ID; LW10) collectedslalom victories Sunday as the Chevy Truck Disabled Alpine World Cup completed its four-day encampment on the2002 women's Olympic course at Snowbasin Ski Area in 35-degree weather.
Joiner went 1-2 with Mary Riddell (Dove Creek, CO; LW-4) in the stand-ups class while Davis and teammate Sarah Will(Vail, CO; LW11) were atop the women's mono-skier class. Clay Fox (Gillette, WY; LW6) had the only other top-3 for theU.S. Disabled Ski Team, finishing third; he won the giant slalom gold medal at the World Championships a year agobut this was Fox's first World Cup podium in slalom.
"I saw some things I liked very much this week," said U.S. Coach Ewald Zirbisegger, "and there were some things thatwere a little disturbing. We have work to do, no question, especially with the Paralympics just a year away now.
"I think we all expected to have some better results, but it was great to be on the Olympic course for five days includingdownhill training Wednesday, and the crew here at Snowbasin was so good in the way they prepared things and kept itrunning each day. They've created a wonderful atmosphere for all of us."
Zirbisegger has met with Snowbasin officials about at least one preseason training camp and will be finalizing hisschedule in the next few weeks.
He also said the team missed three big contributors to its success - Bobby McMullen (Redding, CA; B2), who retiredafter the Huntsman Cup races in January because he needs a kidney transplant and can't compete at his normal highlevel; Joe Tompkins (Juneau, AK; LW11), who broke both his legs in a crash earlier in the season; and highly decoratedSarah Billmeier (Yarmouth, ME; LW2), who was at Snowbasin but has taken the year off to help finish her studies atDartmouth College. "You can't help but miss someone like Bobby, with his passion and his strong leadership. We thinkof him all the time and wish him the best," Zirbisegger said.
The World Cup circuit heads to Kimberley, B.C., for the World Cup Finals in the coming week and the U.S. team willfollow that with the Chevy Truck U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships March 19-24 at Big Mountain, Mont. "Eight racesleft, that's all," Zirbisegger said.
CHEVY TRUCK DISABLED ALPINE WORLD CUP
Snowbasin, UT - March 4
Slalom (All times adjusted)
1. Muffy Davis (LW10), Sun Valley, ID, 2:07.65
2. Sarah Will (LW11), Vail, CO, 2:07.76
3. Kuniko Obinata (LW12-2), Japan, 2:09.56
DNF-1: Allison Pearl (LW12-1)
Disqualified-2: Stephanie Victor (LW12-2), Park City, UT; Lacey Heward (LW11)
1. Lee Joiner, (LW9-1), Red Lodge, MT, 2:02.22
2. Mary Riddell (LW4), Dove Creek, CO, 2:02.38
3. Karolina Wisniewska (LW3-2), Canada, 2:06.25
8. Hannah Pennington (LW3-2), Denver, CO 2:19.98
DNF-2: Allison Jones, Colorado Springs, CO
Disqualified-1: Jennifer Kelchner (LW4), Cazenovia, NY; Sandra Dukat (LW2), Chicago, IL
1. Katerina Tepla (B3), Czech Republic, 2:07.94
2. Sabina Rogie (B3), Czech Republic, 2:22.96
3. Carme Garcia Rigau (B3), Spain, 2:55.35
1. Martin Braxenthaler (LW10), Germany, 1:42.49
2. Denis Berbet (LW11), France, 1:43.97
3. Daniel Wesley (LW12-2), Canada, 1:47.05
6. Chris Devlin-Young (LW12-1), Campton, NH, 1:52.12
12. Kevin Bramble (LW12-1), Truckee, CA, 2:02.55
13. Carl Burnett (LW11), Cape Elizabeth, ME, 2:02.95
15. Nick Catanzarite (LW10),Winter Park, CO, 2:04.62
DNF: Chris Waddell (LW10), Park City, UT
1. Rolf Heinzmann (LW6/8), Switzerland, 1:50.24
2. Arno Hirschbuhl (LW9-2), Austria, 1:50.58
3. Clay Fox (LW4), Gillette, WY, 1:52.02
6. Monte Meier (LW2), Hastings, MN, 1:53.05
13. Daniel Kosick (LW2), Binghamton, NY, 1:557.67
16. Reed Robinson (LW6/8), Incline Village, NV, 1:59.97
17. Adam Fromma (LW6), Winter Park, CO, 2:00.09
25. Matt Perkins (LW2), Twin Falls, ID, 2:03.67
28. George Sansonetis (LW9-2), Winter Park, CO, 2:09.07
DNF: Scott Durham (LW2), Atlanta, GA
Disqualified, Ryan Fettig (LW2), Petoskey, MI
1. John Santacana (B3), Spain, 1:48.34
2. Gianmaria Dal Maistro (B3), Italy, 1:48.43
3. Erik Villalon (B2), Spain, 1:51.73
5. Andy Parr (B3; Guide: David Marchi), Rockland, ME, 1:57.45.