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Corey Peters

Corey Peters

Alpine Skiing
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New Zealand’s sit-skier Corey Peters really came of age in his career at Sochi 2014, winning his first ever major international medal with silver in the giant slalom.

As a qualified cabinet and boat maker, Peters has some natural finesse which only took three years of competitive skiing to perfect after his international debut in 2011.

He is also used to adrenaline-fuelled sports and became paralysed after a moto-cross accident in 2009.

At the 2015 World Championships Peters proved that his success in Sochi was no fluke, with downhill and super-G world titles and a giant slalom silver to boot.

Despite failing to defend those titles in Tarvisio, Italy, in 2017, Peters still left with two silver medals in an increasingly competitive men's sitting field.

He also reached the podium at several World Cup editions, including a second place in super-G at the PyeongChang 2018 Test Event. This led him to third place in the super-G and downhill final standings, and a top 10 finish in the overall men's sitting rankings.

He has been recognised in New Zealand as being amongst the best athletes his country has to offer, by being named the Snow Sports New Zealand Athlete of the Year for two years in a row in 2014 and 2015.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Residence
New Plymouth, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing in August 2011 at age 28 at the Whakapapa Ski Field in New Zealand.
Why this sport?
Sport was always a big part of his life before his accident, so maintaining an active lifestyle after his recovery was important to him. He compares sit-skiing to surfing, which is one of the sports he enjoyed before his accident. He likes the speed and the feeling of freedom the sport gives him.
Name of coach
Ben Adams [national], NZL

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, keeping fit, staying active. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in giant slalom at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In January 2018 he dislocated his shoulder while training in Colorado, United States of America. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; stuff.co.nz, 01 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 25 Jan 2018)

He suffered a labrum tear in his left shoulder in 2013, which took him six months to recover from. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and never give up. If you get knocked down, get back up and keep moving forward." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for New Zealand at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (stuff.co.nz, 01 Mar 2018; stuff.co.nz, 08 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He was named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. (snowsports.co.nz, 01 Apr 2018; snowsports.co.nz, 09 Oct 2016; snowsports.co.nz, 11 Oct 2015; snow.co.nz, 04 Oct 2014)

He won the Distance Sportsman of the Year award at Massey University in New Zealand in 2015 and 2016. (massey.ac.nz, 13 Oct 2016)

He was named Overall Athlete of the Year by Snow Sports NZ in 2014 and 2015. (snowsports.co.nz, 01 Apr 2018; snowsports.co.nz, 11 Oct 2015; snow.co.nz, 04 Oct 2014)

He was named the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year by Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (snowsports.co.nz, Nov 2015)

In 2014 and 2015 he was named Senior Sportsman of the Year by Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (snowsports.co.nz, Nov 2015)

He was named Sport Performer of the Year at the 2014 Attitude Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. (scoop.co.nz, 04 Dec 2014)

He won the Breakthrough Season award at the 2013 Snow Sports New Zealand Annual Awards. (snow.co.nz, 04 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He played club rugby for Tukapa in New Zealand before his accident. (snow.co.nz, 04 Nov 2013)
Impairment
In September 2009 he was competing in a motocross event at Taupo, New Zealand, when he crashed and the suspension on his motorcycle failed. His L1 vertebra burst out of his back and crushed his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed. He spent four months in the spinal unit of Burwood Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018, 08 Mar 2014; stuff.co.nz, 27 Aug 2011)
Other information
TRADE SKILLS
He is a qualified cabinet maker and boat builder. (snow.co.nz, 04 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 22
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 10
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 6
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 4
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 2
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 1
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 1
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 5
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 2
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 2
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 4
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 3
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 11
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 10
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 13
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 4
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 7