Team hone form in Canada for Sochi Games
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.
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.