Team hone form in Canada for Sochi Games

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Wanaka-based par­a­lympian ath­letes have dom­i­nated New Zealand Par­a­lympic se­lec­tion with Adam Hall, Corey Peters and Carl Mur­phy be­ing con­firmed as the three-strong team. With just over 50 days to go un­til the 2014 Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games, Hall has sig­nalled that he was on track to de­liver his top per­for­mance in Sochi. Last week he won sil­ver in the stand­ing class in su­per-G at the IPC Alpine Ski­ing World Cup in Panorama, Canada. As it was one of the few re­main­ing World Cup events ahead of the Sochi Games, the field com­prised ath­letes fo­cused on win­ning par­a­lympic medals in March. ‘‘There was a lot of com­pe­ti­tion to­day; a lot of my main ri­vals that I’ll com­pete against in Sochi,’’ Hall said. Aus­trian skier Matthias Lanzinger claimed first place with a time of 1:15.66 with Hall sec­ond in 1:17.26 and Switzer­land’s Michael Breug­ger third in 1:17.50. Hall said the re­sults were a re­ally good mea­sure­ment of where we’re at. ‘‘It’s ob­vi­ously not quite where we want to be just yet but we’re head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.’’ Hall will com­pete in su­per-G, su­per-com­bined and slalom Sochi. He was ranked first equal in the world for slalom and sixth for su­per-G and he won the gold medal in slalom at the Van­cou­ver Par­a­lympic Games in 2010. Peters came 13th in the su­per-G in Canada but posted a ‘‘did not fin­ish’’ in the gi­ant slalom af­ter ski­ing out four gates from the fin­ish. ‘‘With ski rac­ing you have to be quite adapt­able. We’ve had all sorts of weather, it’s just about stay­ing calm and re­laxed and adapt­ing to the weather the best you can,’’ Peters said.

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Team-mates: Wanakabased ath­letes Carl Mur­phy, Adam Hall and Corey Peters have been con­firmed as the New Zealand Win­ter Par­a­lympic Team to com­pete at Sochi.

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