Silver success for Kiwi sitting skier in Sochi

Last updated 13:52 16/03/2014
Corey Peters skis at Sochi Paralympics
SILVER MEDAL: Corey Peters skis at Sochi Paralympics where he won a silver medal in the Giant Slalom.

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Kiwi Corey Peters has scored silver on the slopes of the Rosa at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Peters, from New Plymouth, was fastest in the first run of his favoured event, the Giant Slalom, to be the last skier for the second run.

Although Peters laid down another top run, he found himself 0.47 seconds slower than world number one Christoph Kunz of Switzerland, who took gold.

Peters, who had earlier finished sixth in the Super-G and fourth in the Super Combined, was still stoked with his silver medal.

"I'm pretty blown away really.

"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 night's sleep and repeating it the following day which I've definitely done.

"Giant Slalom is the event I've had the most success with this season so it's definitely my strongest event and I was confident coming into it knowing I can ski as fast as these guys."

Corey described his first experience of the Paralympic Winter Games as "phenomenal''.

"It makes it even more special coming away with a medal. Even if I didn't have a medal I'd still be stoked but this is just the icing on the cake."

Chef de Mission Ashley Light praised Corey's achievement calling it "an outstanding result."

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

"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 yesterday'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 in contention. We're absolutely thrilled for him."

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