Kendall Gretsch won Team USA’s first gold medal at the PyeongChang Paralympics on Friday night in the women’s biathlon 6 km – sitting event. It was a strong finish for Team USA, with Oksana Masters grabbing the silver medal. Next on the course, Dan Cnossen won the men’s biathlon 7.5 km – sitting event.
Andrew Kurka came to the PyeongChang slopes as the reigning Alpine downhill – sitting world champion. He won his first gold medal when no one could touch his time coming down the mountain. The U.S. won three gold medals at the entire Sochi Paralympics, a total they matched on Day 1 in PyeongChang.
Para Alpine skiing: Men’s and women’s downhill, all classes
Andrew Kurka won his first gold medal in PyeongChang after missing out on competition in Sochi four years ago. Kurka, the 2017 world champion, was untouchable in the sitting class.
Other U.S. medalists included Laurie Stephens, who took bronze in the women’s sitting class.
Women’s Downhill – Visually Impaired gold medalist: Henrieta Farkasova, Slovakia
- Team USA: Danelle Umstead did not finish her run
Women’s Downhill – Standing gold medalist: Marie Bochet, France