Adam Hall wins silver at skiing World Cup

01:30, Jan 15 2014
Adam Hall
TOP FORM: Adam Hall.

With about 50 days to go until the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia, Adam Hall appears to be on track to deliver a top performance.

The Kiwi today won the silver medal in the standing class in super-G at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Panorama, Canada.

As one of the few remaining World Cup events before the Sochi Games, today's field was made up of athletes focused on winning Paralympic medals in March.

"There was a lot of competition today; a lot of my main rivals that I'll compete against in Sochi," Hall said.

Austrian skier Matthias Lanzinger claimed first place with a time of 1min 15.66sec, with Hall second in 1:17.26 and Switzerland's Michael Breugger third in 1:17.50.

Describing the result as "a really good measurement of where we're at", Hall said there was still work to be done.

"It's obviously not quite where we want to be just yet, but we're heading in the right direction," he said.

"Second place in a World Cup is obviously a really good result and we can be really happy with it, but there's definitely room for improvement and that's what we're always looking for in high performance. We'll go away and work harder."

Hall will compete in super-G, super-combined and slalom in Sochi.

He is ranked first equal in the world for slalom and sixth for super-G.

He won the slalom gold medal at the Vancouver Paralympic Games in 2010 and is focused on winning another medal at the 2014 Games.

"Going into the Paralympics, I'm feeling really good," he said.

"We've made some huge changes from last season. I'm a lot stronger both mentally and physically.

"With a few more days' training under our belt, I strongly believe we can be where we want to be."

Team-mate Corey Peters (New Plymouth) was 13th in today's super-G.

Peters also competed in the giant slalom yesterday but posted a DNF after skiing out four gates from the finish.

Competitors have had to cope with snow and rain, leading to changes in the schedule.

"With ski racing, you have to be quite adaptable," Peters said.

"We've had all sorts of weather. It's just about staying calm and relaxed and adapting to the weather the best you can."

The New Zealanders will now travel to the United States to compete in another World Cup at Copper Mountain in Colorado from January 17 to 20.

The Sochi Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to 16.

New Zealand will be represented by skiers Hall and Peters and snowboarder Carl Murphy.


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