Peters on podium

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 06/01/2014
Corey Peters
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
WHEELS ARE TURNING: Corey Peters has risen above his disability and has won himself a spot in next year’s Winter Paralympics.

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New Plymouth's Corey Peters won gold and silver over three days of racing at the first international Paralympic ski races of the New Year in the US last weekend.

Last Friday, Peters, 30, picked up a silver in the men's sitting class before dominating the field to claim gold in the Giant Slalom event over the following two days of the competition.

"I'm really happy with the consistent results over the last three days," said Peters after his successes.

Peters life was turned upside down in September 2009 when he was left paralysed after suffering a crushed spinal cord when competing in a motocross event at Taupo.

He said the results were a great building block for the World Cup races coming up and the Sochi winter paralympics later in the year.

Heavy snowfall at the Winter Park resort in Colorado made for testing conditions and an inconsistent snow pack however both Peters and team-mate and Olympic champion Adam Hall, who won gold in the men's slalom standing, proved themselves up for the challenge.

Both Peters and Hall will now travel to Panorama in Canada for the first World Cup of 2014 before returning to Colorado for a World Cup at Copper Mountain resort

Both skiers have been named to the New Zealand team to compete at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia in March along with para-snowboarder Carl Murphy (Wanaka).

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