Kuhtai, Austria (21 December 2017) – Para alpine skier Adam Hall is closing out the year on a high note, claiming a silver medal at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Slalom in Kuhtai, Austria.
The Para athletes have had a frustrating start to their northern hemisphere competition season with heavy snowfalls leading to the cancellation of what was due to be the first 2017/18 World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on 13 December.
With little opportunity to train prior to the event, Hall was delighted to ski two solid runs in today’s Slalom and finish on the podium.
“After two weeks of not being able to race it was good to finally get a solid Slalom race in my pocket and finish with a pretty decent result,” said Hall. “We have worked really hard over the last Kiwi season both off snow and on snow so it’s satisfying to see this progress into positive results.
"It's been good to put our feelers out and see where I stand early season. I race again tomorrow and will continue build up to the games with what we need to do."
Hall is one of four New Zealand para athletes selected to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, along with Para skiers Corey Peters (New Plymouth) and Aaron Ewen (Auckland), and para snowboarder Carl Murphy (Wanaka). The Games take place from 9-18 March.
Neutral skier Aleksei Bugaev (1:37.93) finished first in the men’s standing Slalom in Kuhtai with France’s Arthur Bauchet in third.
Adam Hall will be back in action this evening (NZT) for the final race of The World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Slalom in Kuhtai.
Live stream, highlights and complete live results are available on a dedicated World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup website. https://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing-world-cup-2018