Aspen, USA- (14 February 2014) – Recent podium results for New Zealand Paralympians Adam Hall and Corey Peters have them feeling confident ahead of the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games next month.
Alpine ski racers Adam Hall and Corey Peters competed at the 2014 IPC Alpine Skiing National Championships and NorAm Cup held in Aspen, USA from 10 – 13 February. Adam took the win in the men’s standing Super Combined event while Corey earned two second place finishes, in the Super Combined and the Super Giant Slalom men’s sitting class, and came fourth in the Downhill.
Adam, who will be looking to defend the gold medal he won in Slalom at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and also has his sights set on a top level result in the Super-Combined says, “I am extremely confident and happy with where I am.”
While they were pleased with their overall performances, the New Zealanders acknowledge that mistakes were also made, both posting DNFs in one Super G race. Adam was ahead at the first split by almost a second and looked to have a solid run in place before missing the last gate at the finish. Corey looked set for speed in his run, also posting the fastest split time before crashing five gates from the finish.
“When you’re pushing it that hard there’s always that chance it can go either way and today it didn't go the way I would've liked,” commented Corey. Adding, “but all in all, a great week with two second place podiums and just missing out on a third podium in downhill.”
“With 20 odd more days until the games we will continue to fine tune things and turn up to Sochi the best prepared we can,” said Adam.
The pair will now travel back to their base in Winter Park, Colorado before flying to Europe for their final days of training ahead of the Paralympic Winter Games. They will be joined in Sochi by para-snowboarder Carl Murphy who has recently returned to training following an injury in December.
The Paralympic Games take place from 7-16 March. Adam Hall will compete in Super-G, Super-Combined and Slalom. Corey Peters will compete in Super-G, Super-Combined, Slalom and Giant Slalom. Carl Murphy will compete in the new Paralympic discipline of Snowboard-Cross.
New Zealand will receive free-to-air coverage of the game through Attitude Pictures Ltd (APL), an award-winning independent production company specialising in content featuring people with impairments.
Attitude Pictures will present New Zealand audiences with 44 hours of free coverage and highlights packages as well as documentaries on competing athletes, via its innovative new web platform AttitudeLive.com.
Results from Aspen: http://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/calendar-and-results