Three chase medals
Paralympians prepare for Russian games
Wanaka has yet again proven its strength of moulding topranking athletes with all three paralympic New Zealand team hopefuls based in the area. Alpine skier Adam Hall will be out to retain his title when he heads to Russia next year for his third Winter Paralympic Games. Hall, 26, will be joined by sit-ski racer Corey Peters, 30, and parasnowboarder Carl Murphy, 34, who will both be competing at the Paralymics for the first time. Hall will race in the standing ski slalom, the event in which won gold in Vancouver in 2010, super-G and super combined. Peters, will compete in the slalom, super-G, super combined and downhill and Murphy will contest the snowboard cross as parasnowboarding makes its debut at the games. Hall, who flies to Colorado this evening to start training, said regaining his gold medal would be tough. It could be any of the top10 slalom skiers in the world taking the podium, Hall said. He said it was great the team had been announced early as other countries’ athletes would be fighting for a position right up until the games. ‘‘We are all really competitive and all striving for the same result,’’ Hall said. Peters, who has only been involved in the sport for three years, said the $10,000 he spent on gear on a whim at a sports expo, without even test trialling first, had paid off. Despite only having a limited time to qualify, after having a good season I knew it was possible, he said. ‘‘It goes to show I’m up there in speed. It’s not unrealistic to get some results,’’ he said. But ski racing was dependent on what happened on the day. ‘‘There are so many variables,’’ he said. Murphy said after seven seasons para-snowboarding ‘‘it’s epic’’ that it was now part of the games. Paralympic New Zealand chief executive Fiona Allan said the target of the team was to return with two golds.
Athletes: New Zealand Winter Paralympic Team hopefuls Carl Murphy, Adam Hall and Corey Peters. Hall will compete at his third winter olympics in Russia next year while Murphy and Peters will make their debuts.