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HALL Adam
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthDunedin, NZL
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Elitsa, daughter Millie and son Luca.
Residence
Winter Park, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Farmer, Public Speaker
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1994 at age six in Cardrona, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
He first tried skiing at age six when a friend's mother suggested he try it. Three years later he was introduced to snowboarding, but eventually switched back to skiing because snowboarding was not on the Paralympic Winter Games programme.
Club / Team
Cardrona Alpine Ski Team: New Zealand
Name of coach
Ben Adams [national], GBR
Training Regime
He has training bases at Winter Park Resort in Colorado, United States of America, and Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand.
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
New Zealand
Location
Breckenridge, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Biking, kayaking, golf and outdoor activities. (snowsports.co.nz, 18 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze and gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, his first Paralympic medal since the 2010 Games after failing to win a medal at the 2014 Games. "To be able to reclaim a [Paralympic] gold medal after an eight-year gap was pretty remarkable and something which is pretty rare in the history of the sport. There has not been many people who have done that, so that was a pretty big accomplishment. But also the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award [at the 2018 Games] and that recognition as well was pretty spectacular." (odt.co.nz, 17 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother, Gayle, who died in a car accident in 2010 just over a month after he won his first Paralympic gold medal in Vancouver. "She is somebody I obviously think about day in and day out." (stuff.co.nz, 18 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a concussion while competing in the downhill event at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. He returned to the slopes three days later to compete in his second event of the championships. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2016)

His performances at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi were affected by a stomach complaint. (tvnz.co.nz, 14 Mar 2014)

He competed through the 2008 season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] and a torn meniscus in his knee. He underwent surgery to repair the meniscus at the end of the season and was sidelined for six weeks. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2016)

In 2007 he tore the meniscus in his knee. After the competition season had finished he underwent surgery and was unable to train for six weeks. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream it, live it, love it." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named NZ Snowsports Athlete of the Year in 2018, and also won the award for five consecutive years between 2008 and 2012. He has also been named NZ Snowsports Adaptive Skier of the Year on at least four occasions. (snowsports.co.nz, 06 Oct 2018; snowsports.co.nz, 01 Dec 2012; adamhall.co.nz, 2011)

He received the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The award is given to two Paralympians who best embody the spirit of the Paralympic movement. He was the first New Zealander ever to have received it. (paralympics.org.nz, 18 Mar 2018)

He was New Zealand's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Mar 2014)

He was named Senior Sportsman of the Year at the Central Otago Sports Awards in 2013. (snowsports.co.nz, 18 Mar 2018)

In 2011 he was made Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to sport. (snowsports.co.nz, 01 Dec 2012)
Famous relatives
His wife Elitsa represented the United States of America in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2006 and 2010. (stuff.co.nz, 05 May 2017)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida and required several operations on the nerves in his back when he was a child. His impairment affects both legs with significant muscle weakness. (stuff.co.nz, 18 Mar 2018; Athlete, 17 Jul 2016; vancouversun.com, 15 Mar 2010)
Other information
SKIING ROMANCE
He met his wife Eltisa, who he married in 2014, on a chairlift while at a training camp in Winter Park, CO, United States of America, in the lead-up to the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. She was born in Bulgaria with club foot, which led to the amputation of her right leg, before being adopted by a US couple. (nowtolove.co.nz, 18 Mar 2018; stuff.co.nz, 18 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
41 2006 Downhill - Standing 1:47.05
50 2006 Super-G - Standing 1:40.13
43 2006 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:43.86
  2006 Slalom - Standing  DNF
1 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:45.40
7 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:23.34
8 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:17.02
  2014 Super-G - Standing DNF
7 2014 Slalom - Standing 1:44.25
4 2014 Super Combined - Standing 2:14.36
5 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:27.52
10 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:29.86
3 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:15.32
1 2018 Slalom - Standing 1:36.11
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 1:41.47
12 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:17.38
  2008/2009 Super-G - Standing  DNS
  2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing  DNS
10 2010/2011 Super-G - Standing 1:25.98
8 2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing 2:13.98
10 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:31.34
9 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:16.65
3 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing 1:57.69
9 2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing 1:49.87
  2014/2015 Downhill - Standing  DNF
6 2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing 1:58.95
19 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:17.36 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Standing DSQ
11 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:15.60
15 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:07.94
9 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 1:55.81
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:26.71
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing 1:15.05
3 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:14.79
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:14.71
4 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:21.91
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:23.68
  2016/2017 Downhill - Standing  DNF
16 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:35.88
8 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:31.75
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
4 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:17.83
5 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:16.17
17 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:26.45
4 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:19.29