Back to Back World Champs Wins for Corey Peters
Paralympic silver medallist Corey Peters (New Plymouth) is dominating the men’s sit-ski competition at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada, winning his second gold medal in as many days with the fastest time in today’s Super-G.
With a win in yesterday’s downhill to boost his confidence, Corey Peters hit the Super-G course at full noise and held nothing back. Attacking the course all the way to the finish, Peters found the perfect race line and never looked in doubt for a podium finish.
Carrying a huge amount of speed, his strong technical ability kept him right on track even when midway down the course he took air off a bump and flew sideways before recovering and continuing on with barely a flinch, crossing the line in 1:20.41.
Frederic Francois (FRA) placed second in 1:21.20 and Andrew Kurka (USA) third in 1:21.31.
With the Super-G course set on the same hill as yesterday’s downhill racers had the advantage of familiarity with the terrain; however in this discipline the gates are set closer together and “the course comes at you much faster,” explains Peters. “Your reaction time has to be a lot quicker and after that mistake I didn’t think I had the lead. The work I did at the top of the course really paid off.
“Wake me up when this dream is over!” says Corey, whose speciality is the Giant Slalom. “Who would have thought I would win gold medals in the downhill and Super-G when there are so many strong athletes here.”
Today’s field included the 2014 World Champion and Sochi silver medallist Taiki Morii (JPN) and Paralympic champion Akira Kano (JPN). The Japanese duo were fifth and seventh respectively.
New Zealand’s Adam Hall took a heavy fall in yesterday’s downhill and as a precautionary measure decided to sit out today’s Super-G to rest ahead of the Super Combined event scheduled for Sunday NZT.