Grand County athletes wrap up Paralympic games in South Korea
Paralympic action has just wrapped up in PyeongChang South Korea as disabled athletes from around the globe completed their final races and events on the snow and ice before closing ceremonies were held on March 18.
The event featured hundreds of competitors from throughout the world including 68 members of team USA. Among the team USA roster were two Grand County residents: Jasmin Bambur and Joy Rondeau. Bambur and Rondeau headed to South Korea earlier this month to prepare themselves for their events in biathlon, cross country skiing and alpine skiing.
Jasmin Bambur was fairly busy during the quadrennial athletic competition with scheduled races four days out of 10. Bambur’s first event of the 2018 Paralympics was the Men’s Super-G sitting, which was held on March 11. According to the results listed on the Paralympics’ website Bambur completed his first heat but did not complete his final two heats and was officially marked as “Did Not Finish” for the event.
Bambur’s second event, the Men’s Super Combined Slalom sitting, brought better results for the Serbian native, who competed as a representative of his birth land in the 2010 games but competed for the US in 2018. Bambur finished in 12th place for the event, which was held on March 13. Bambur finished his two runs for the event with a combined time of 2:25.22.
Bambur went on to be officially listed as a competitor in two other events during the games, the Men’s Giant Slalom on March 14 and the Men’s Slalom on March 17 though the 38-year-old Granby resident did not receive an official place in either event and was formally listed as “Did Not Finish” in both events. Bambur completed his first run of the Giant Slalom event with a time of 1:13.52 but received no official time for his second run.
Middle Park resident Joy Rondeau was also representing the US at the Paralympic games this year competing in the biathlon as well as two cross-country skiing events. Her first competition of the games was March 10 for the women’s 6km biathlon. Rondeau took 14th place overall for the event and finished with no missed shots and an official time of 27:49.4.
On March 14 Rondeau competed in the qualification round of the Women’s Cross-Country Sprint sitting event. Rondeau completed the 1.1km course in 23rd place with a time of 4:31.12 but did not advance out of the qualification round.
Rondeau’s final event of the Paralympics was the Women’s 5km sitting. She completed the course with an official time of 21:55.1, which secured her a 19 place finish in the field.
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