Kimberley, Canada- (2 February 2013) - With the Winter Paralympic Games little more than a year away, Dunedin’s Adam Hall looks set, once again, to challenge the world’s best adaptive skiers. Hall, who was a gold medallist at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, is currently ranked number one in the world for men’s slalom under the standing classification and fourth for Super-G.
The next 12 months will be busy as Hall travels the world, racking up valuable training hours and chasing qualification points for the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia in March 2014. Most recently he has been competing at an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing Nor-Am event in Kimberley, Canada where he claimed another gold medal.
“Canada went well for me,” Hall recounts. “It was a good week of fast training and racing on a very challenging hill.”
Hall competed in two Super-G races, crashing out in the first race but going on to show his class by claiming the top podium spot in the second race. His coach, Scott Olson, was pleased by the result, saying, “this shows the focus Adam has within.”
Always looking to challenge himself, Hall also used the Kimberley event as a training opportunity in the downhill, which is not a discipline in which he usually competes. “I entered the downhill training runs just to train for some speed. I won all training runs by about four seconds. I did not do the actual race though.” His competitors may well have been left pondering the ‘what if…’
Next on the agenda for Adam Hall are the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain followed by the World Cup final in Sochi, Russia which will act as a test event for next year’s Paralympic Games.
“I am super excited for the next couple of months of competitions to see where we stand in the world,” says Hall.