Champion para alpine skier Adam Hall, of Wanaka, has started the year in first-rate form.
Hall won gold in two super giant slalom races at the World Para Alpine Skiing races held at Winter Park, in Colorado.
This marks the beginning of a big year for Hall, who will represent New Zealand at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Hall said Winter Park was the northern hemisphere base for the New Zealand Paralympians, and had been used for previous world championships and world cup events.
“The hill and the training facilities here are world class and the hill that we race on is definitely a legitimate race hill.
“It sets us up pretty well moving forward,” he said.
The Paralympics are very much the target for Hall now.
“I think we are into day 50-something in the countdown so it’s definitely going by pretty quick,” he said.
“Our focus right now is just to stick to our training routines.”
Hall said he was familiar with South Korea, having been several times before, and that it was a great country.
“It’s a cool culture to experience, you know – I’m looking forward to getting down there again,” he said.
One of the challenges was the timing of the Paralympics as there might be some softer spring snow or rock hard snow, Hall said.
“It’s always a struggle for the Paralympics because it’s always in the spring, so we have to be well prepared to be able to adapt for any possible conditions we may have.”
He will arrive in South Korea several weeks before the Paralympics for training.
His wife Elitsa and sister-in-law Sloan Storey would be in South Korea to cheer him on, along with other family members, he said.
It was all about bringing back gold, Hall said.
“We are going down there to win medals and win as many medals as we possibly can, so the team has a target of a gold medal. But we are more than capable of getting more medals than that, so that’s definitely what we have our eyes set on.”
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games begin on March 9.