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    Adam Hall

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    New Zealand New Zealand Para alpine skiing 9 October 1987

    New Zealand

    male Para alpine skier Adam Hall


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    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.
    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)

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