Paralympic skier Adam Hall of Wanaka was close to tears as he described his gold-medal win at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games at the weekend.
Hall won a gold medal in the men’s slalom standing event, almost exactly eight years to the day since he won a gold medal in the same discipline at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
The world No8 easily beat world No3 Arthur Bauchet, of France, who took silver, by .39sec and world No4 Jamie Stanton, of the United States, who won bronze, by 1.26sec, after they had entered the final run a split second ahead of Hall.
Hall lay third-equal with Australian Mitchell Gourley after the first run.
Gourley finished sixth.
Hall choked back the tears as he said: “I don’t know what to say. I still can’t believe it. Thank you to New Zealand. This has been an eight-year journey to be back on top of the Paralympic podium.
“And after what happened in Vancouver I really felt like the whole country was behind me. They have supported me ever since.
“When I came across the finish line on that second run, I had nothing left and I was so happy with it.
“I came down there and, boy, I was in the zone.
“It’s about following the processes and not thinking the prize is in the pocket.
“I was so gassed, mentally exhausted.
“It has just come down to who could adapt to the conditions out there the quickest,” he said.
New Zealand, to my supporters, everyone that has been behind me the whole way.”