Adam Hall wins gold for New Zealand in slalom

Last updated 15:19 12/12/2013

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New Zealand adaptive skier Adam Hall has claimed gold in the slalom at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) North America Cup at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

The competition followed a standard two-run format with Hall taking the lead on his first run.

Despite a highly technical course he was able to maintain the top position, posting a solid second run and winning by 0.56 seconds.

Today's gold medal completes a full set for the Wanaka athlete who won a bronze and then a silver medal in the Super-G in the Nor-Am races earlier this week.

Hall won the gold medal in men's standing slalom at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver and is hoping to repeat the experience at the  2014 Games in Sochi.

Hall said the result was a ''great benchmark to see where we are heading  into Sochi.''

With most of his main competitors present at today's race, including skiers from Russia, Canada, Japan and the USA, Hall said he was ''extremely happy with my skiing and was pleased to see the hard work we have put into training is transferring into race day.''

Hall has one slalom race left to compete in tomorrow to complete the Copper Mountain Nor-Am series before looking ahead to his next competition at Winter Park, Colorado on January 3.

Sit-skier Corey Peters (New Plymouth) has also been competing in the Copper  Mountain Nor-Am and today achieved a ninth-placed finish on the technical slalom course.

''Slalom isn't my strongest discipline but with a strong world cup field it's good to know where I sit among them,'' Peters said.

Peters will also compete at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi along with Adam Hall and para-snowboarder Carl Murphy

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