downhill_award_09Tyler Walker of the US Adaptive Ski Team, won the World Championship for Downhill last week at the World Cup Finals held at Whistler, BC. A field of 130 athletes from 30 countries competed at the World Cup Finals sponsored by the IPC (International Olympic Committee). The finals are usually held at the Olympic venue in the year preceding the Paralympics.

Tyler finished 5th in the downhill race, but prior first place wins in Sestriere, Italy placed Tyler in first place for the overall World Champion in Downhill. Tyler crashed in the Super G, finished 11th in the GS and 14th in Slalom. The United Sates won third in the overall Nation Rating. Canada was first, followed by Austria. Competition was stiff in every race with close times in all events.

US Adaptive Team Member Chris Devlin-Young from Campton won the World Championship for Super G.

Tyler competes in the US Adaptive Alpine National Championship races next week in Winter Park which is the final race of the season. Intensive training and camps follow throughout the spring, summer and fall before next years season leading to the 2010 Paralympics at Whistler which starts in Vancouver at the opening ceremonies on March 12, 2010.

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