Kiwi rookie Corey Peters fired up for Super-G
Less than three years after taking up the sport, Corey Peters will make his Winter Paralympic debut in Sochi tonight.
The New Plymouth-raised sit-skier will compete in the Super-G along with Kiwi team-mate Adam Hall. Peters, a former surfer, cricketer and rugby player who was paralysed after crushing his spinal cord at a motocross event in 2009, said he couldn't wait for the biggest moment in his sporting career to start.
"It's been a real eye opener so far, but I'm ready to go," Peters said. "There are a few more nerves, but I'm trying to treat it like any other race. They are the same guys that we race against all season so I'm really trying to focus on that and block out the cameras."
Spring conditions in Sochi have resulted in a freeze-thaw cycle and soft snow which doesn't suit a monoskier like Peters, who favours next Saturday's giant slalom.
"It's been my best season so far and my form has been good. The training sessions this week have been good."
Peters will take a moment to think about what he's achieved so far before tonight's Super-G which starts about 7.20pm.
"Obviously I'm going to be quite proud being on that start line, getting to wear that silver fern on your chest. There will be some nerves there, but I'm aiming to block them out," Peters said.
"When you sit back and think about how far I've come in two and a half years, it's been quite a journey."
The New Zealand team, which includes Wanaka snowboarder Carl Murphy, are targeting two medals in Sochi.
New Zealand has won 27 medals at the Paralympic Winter Games, with Hall's slalom gold our only medal in Vancouver four years ago.
Sunday Star Times