New Zealand's reigning Winter Paralympic gold medallist, Adam Hall and Heather Mills - former wife of Sir Paul McCartney - will feature amongst the world's best Paralympic athletes competing at six IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup events in New Zealand and Australia in the coming months.
Hall, originally from Mosgiel and now resident in Wanaka, is using the Australasian games as part of his build up to Sochi 2014 where he will be attempting not only to repeat his slalom gold medal-winning performance from Vancouver 2010 but also double up in the super combined event.
Back-to-back IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Slaloms take place at Coronet Peak, Queenstown on August 22 and 23 as part of Winter Games NZ.
They are followed by Super G and Super Combined World Cups at Mt Hutt near Christchurch on August 26 and 27.
In addition, the Australian Paralympic Committee hosts Slalom and Giant Slalom World Cups at Thredbo, NSW from September 2 to 5.
Nations that have entered athletes for the New Zealand races so far include Winter Paralympic powerhouses Russia, Canada, USA, Australia, Italy and Korea.
The British Disabled Ski Team is sending a number of athletes including Mills, who is competing to reduce her IPC Alpine Ski score and secure a place on the team for Sochi.
Her recent successes include four gold medals in April 2012 at the US Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships in Aspen, Colorado.
Other top names appearing at Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt include Josh Dueck from Canada who won sit-ski silver at Vancouver 2010 and is the first sit-skier to land a back flip, plus Americans Mark Bathum, Stephani Victor, Alana Nichols and Laurie Stephens who all medalled in Vancouver.
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