RacingUS NationalsParalympians shine at US National Cross-Country Championship in Rumford

FasterSkier FasterSkierJanuary 7, 2004

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The integration if disabled skiers into the “regular” US National Cross-Country Championships proved again to be an eye-opener for many skiers, coaches and spectators. Especially the 2002 Paralympic Medal winners Steve Cook and Canadian Brian McKeever gave the large field of US National elite skiers an honest look at their amazing abilities.




Robert Balk

The skiers in the SIT-SKI class are normally quadriplegic or paraplegic, and have no use of their lower bodies. They pull themselves forward with the help of short poles, while sitting on a “ski-sledge”. Paralympians and World Champions Robert Balk and Candace Cable collected another three National Championship Gold Medals to their already plentiful collection from past years.

Results:
Saturday Classical Technique

STANDING CLASS – 10 KM CLASSICAL
1. COOK, Steve SALT LAKE 22:31.2
2. CRENSHAW, Mike BOULDER,CO 23:25.2
3. PERKINS, Daniel North 26:03.3

SIT SKI CLASS – MEN – 10 KM
1. BALK, Bob LONG ISLAND 43:48.5
2. MALLORY, Greg PORTLAND 47:52.4
3. BIOLEY, Jean Saskatoon, CAN 50:18.0

SIT SKI CLASS – WOMEN – 5 KM
1. CABLE, Candace TRUCKEE 26:14.3
2. BASCIO, Monica EVERGREEN 34:20.8

Monday Classical Technique

VISUALLY IMPAIRED CLASS – 10 KM
1. MCKEEVER, Brian, CANMORE, CAN 27:30.4

STANDING – 10 KM
1. COOK, Steve SALT LAKE CITY 30:58.0
2. CRENSHAW, Mike BOULDER 32:28.3
3. STEWART, Willie REDLANDS 35:32.6
4. PERKINS, Daniel North 35:33.2

SIT SKI MEN – 5 KM
1. BALK, Bob LONG ISLAND 18:27.6
2. MALLORY, Greg PORTLAND 22:04.2
3. BIOLEY, Jean Thomas, CAN 22:17.6
4. UPDIKE, Matthew GOLDEN 30:19.1

SIT SKI WOMEN – 2.5 KM
1. CABLE, Candace TRUCKEE 11:22.8
2. BASCIO, Monica EVERGREEN 14:09.7


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