Panorama, Canada (10 March 2015) –The final event of the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships took place in Canada today but it didn’t bring the result New Zealand’s Adam Hall (Wanaka) had hoped for.
Hall, a specialist in the Slalom discipline and bronze medallist in 2013, was down as one to watch amongst the strong field. After a week filled with misfortune, starting with a crash in the Downhill on day one, he was ready to attack his run.
With run one starting before the sun had had any chance to soften the snow the steep course was icy in the extreme. Hall, an experienced racer taking on his fourth World Championships, did not look to be deterred, coming hot out of the gate and working hard at every turn.
All looked to be going well until midway down the course when a mistake caused him to straddle the gate, sending him off line and costing time. Hall fought back and skied the rest of the course in a time which would have put him into fourth place although official results would inevitably show a DSQ beside his name.
Russian Alexey Bugaev (1:39.05) claimed a clean sweep in the men's standing with another solid performance. Teammate Alexander Alyabyev (1:46.15) finished in second whilst Canada's Matt Hallat (1:47.86) rounded-off a great competition for the hosts, winning their third medal with bronze.
New Zealand’s Corey Peters (New Plymouth) also fell foul of the steep, icy course, skiing out before the finish gates. Earlier in the week Peters claimed world titles in Downhill and Super-G and a silver medal in the Giant Slalom.