Paralympic Gold Medallist Wins His First World Cup Super-G
Paralympic Gold Medallist Adam Hall Wins His
First-Ever World Cup Super G
Winter Park, CO (6 March 2012) – New Zealand’s paralympic gold medalist Adam Hall has risen to the top of the field in a new discipline, winning his first ever Super G at the World Cup level today in Winter Park, Colorado. Hall is now in the running for the overall Super G title.
This is Hall’s second career World Cup win and 12th World Cup podium.
An excited Hall said, “My goal going into these races was to finish in the top five. Super G is my third specialty event, behind slalom and super combined, so coming away with a win is outstanding. I’m happy and still in shock.” Adding, “The determination, commitment and ongoing hard work has continued since Vancouver and without the awesome team that supports me, this win wouldn’t have been possible.”
“Today a year and half of hard work paid off and I congratulate Adam on his success,” said Hall’s coach Scott Olson. “The work of Snow Sports New Zealand staff, trainers, physical therapists and coaches showed what real team work and a talented athlete can accomplish.”
“Adam did a fine job today making his coaching staff proud,” said Winter Performance Program’s Jon Turnbull. “We had the goal of being top five and within 1-2 seconds of the lead in SG so as to set us up for SuperCombi, which is a major target for Sochi considering Adam’s slalom is so strong. To come away with the win is testament to the work he and Scott have been doing and also to the time and energy his supporters at home Tony Hall, Mike Boyd, and Ilton Bloomfield have put into technology and innovation projects this year. We will take this win and put it in the experience bag in preparation for next week’s World Cup finals in Panorama, Canada.”
Over 100 athletes representing more than seventeen countries are competing at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup this week which is being held at Hall’s northern hemisphere base, Winter Park Resort. The last race of this caliber in North America was the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Hall now has two days off before competing in Slalom on Friday (US time). He then heads off to Canada on Sunday for the World Cup finals where he will compete in Super G, Super Combined and Slalom.
A schedule of events for the Winter Park World Cup may be viewed at http://www.ipc-alpineskiing.org/export/sites/ipc_sports_alpine_skiing/Calendar/IPCAS-WC-USA_2011-2012-Invitation-Winter_Park.pdf