Corey Peters saves his best for last

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 17/03/2014

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Wanaka sit-skier Corey Peters capped an impressive debut Winter Paralympics with a silver medal in the giant slalom yesterday.

Peters, who had previously been sixth in the Super G and fourth in the Super Combi, finished just 0.47sec outside the gold medal as New Zealand claimed its first and only medal in Sochi.

"I'm pretty blown away really," Peters said.

"To be at my first Paralympics and come away with a podium . . . talk about leave the best to last. I'm really stoked with my achievement. You can never really expect the podium at this level but I knew I skied well yesterday and it was just a matter of getting a good nights' sleep and repeating it the following day, which I've definitely done."

The former Taranaki age group rugby player and cricketer took up the sit-ski in 2011 after he suffered a crushed spinal cord at a motocross event in 2009.

Giant slalom has been Peters' most successful event this season and he led the competition after the first run at the Rosa Khutor alpine centre.

World No 1 Christoph Kunz moved ahead of Peters in the second run, but the New Zealander was able to hold on to second place.

"It makes it even more special coming away with a medal," he said.

"Even if I didn't have a medal I'd still be stoked, but this is just the icing on the cake."

New Zealand chef de mission Ashley Light was ecstatic at finally getting onto the medal table in the last event of the New Zealand campaign.

"The guys have kept us on edge all week, but all the hard work has come to fruition at last," he said.

"Expectations for Corey were top 10 and for him to go and get that silver medal is just a fantastic result.

"Everyone was feeling really confident after [Saturday's] result in Super G. Corey especially just knew what he had in him and just put down the most amazing first run to put himself into contention. We're absolutely thrilled for him."

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