Walsh places fourth at World Para Snow Sports Championships

Thomas Walsh of the United States competes in the Men’s Alpine Skiing Slalom Standing Event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Jeongseon, South Korea.
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Thomas Walsh of Vail placed fourth in the men’s standing category of Monday’s super-combined event at the 2021 Para Snow Sports World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, missing out on the podium by just over ‘a second.

Walsh’s combined time of 1:55.23 led the American contingent into the pre-Olympic event.

“I’m pretty happy with that,” Walsh told Team USA reporter Kristen Gowdy.

“It was going to be either a fluke or a failure for me. After an injury last season, I’m quite happy to still be up there and I know I have the potential to push when it comes to the (Paralympic) Games in March. I know I can ski with these guys; I just didn’t activate the slalom today.

After the super-G part, Walsh was only 0.16 seconds behind Italian Federico Pelizzari. His slalom of 45.58 seconds, however, ruled him out of the medals, as he was only the fifth fastest in the field.

Walsh will compete in the giant slalom on Wednesday. He was a bronze medalist at the world championships in the event in 2019.


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