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Adam 4th Place DH- Tignes, France 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015






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Monday, July 15th, 2013
Sochi Gold

Sochi Gold

It sure is crazy to come to terms that it is now less than 8 months now until the 2014 Winter Paralympics which will take place in the mountains of Sochi Russia. Time sure does fly. Almost 4 years ago since that great campaign at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada on the Slopes of whistler. So much has happened since. Both off snow and on snow.

I along with the rest of my team, sponsors family and supporters are extremely excited in what the next 236 days have installed. Everything has started to get pretty serious and has been now since my return from the Northern Hemisphere in April, as we amp up everything and gain our momentum leading into our 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympic Games Campaign.

It has been a great start to the season all over New Zealand, So good I don’t know if I can remember the conditions being as good as they are as I get into my 19th domestic season. My season is already in full swing. I have trained extremely hard since my return from the states in preparation for the buildup to the games. I think it is fair to say that I am in the best shape I have ever been during a New Zealand Winter season and boarder line to the best condition I have ever been in during my career. It’s also exciting times as we fine tune and shine up all my equipment. With all the technology and innovation which I have been fortunate enough to have so much support by such an awesome team of people in this area to help me keep skiing in a more efficient way without any weird angles, aggressive forces on my body/joints

My coach arrived almost a couple of weeks ago and there has been no mucking around at all. Lots of planning, preparing, and making sure we know exactly what is it that we need to do and execute to be success full in Sochi, Russia. Again all pretty exciting but when we sit down and look at how many days we have it is pretty cool or scary depending on how you look at it. It is pretty simple everything we do counts the secret is knowing exactly what it is we need to do and in the sport of skiing racing at the end of the day a lot of the time you are only looking at shaving tenths and hundredths of seconds.

As I along with the rest of my team, sponsors,  and supporters work hard over the next 236 days as we build strong towards our campaign I hope you can follow, enjoy and join in on my journey as we work our butts off to achieve what it is that our hard work deserves. Remembering that every turn I make, every run I make, every bite I take, every second, every minute, every hour, week and month will count.

This season I will be competing at the 2013 Winter Games here in my own back mountains. I will be competing in a total of 4 events in which all will be a world cup. A pretty special moment for Adaptive skiing and its profile in New Zealand.

I would also like to thanks all my sponsors, supporters and Family from all over the globe for your hard work, dedication and commitment in helping me succeed at the highest level possible. Without all your positive attitude and willingness to help I simply wouldn’t be able to do what I do. I really do appreciate it.

“Back in Colorado”

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

First snow in almost a month

It is almost that time of year again. Yup that is right Christmas is just around the corner yet again. I hope that everyone is looking forward to Christmas and the New Year and more importantly that you all get to take some time out to enjoy a break after the end of another year of hard work. It looks like it could be a white one if you are on the mountain tops after seeing 15cm of snow at Cardrona there looks like there is currently more snow at home than here in Colorado. Though it is currently snowing for the first time in almost a month as you can see by the picture.

It sure has been some time since my last update. I think it was back in June when I got back on Snow at Cardrona, so here goes. I will try to keep it short and sharp.

My Kiwi Winter down at Cardrona was yet another great season for me. It seemed to be a better season than last; it seemed there was a lot more snow up higher I guess due to the higher freezing levels. Great conditions for Training. All conditions from hard to soft.

This last kiwi season for us was a lot about continuing our great progress and momentum from the previous 12 months or so. Seeing what it is that we need to do to keep sniffing ahead of the game. Not much competition at all but some great opportunities for forerunning which made for some awesome Train to race environments. In the way of training on snow I had the most amount of time and days on snow compared to other seasons. My Coach Scott spent almost 3 months in New Zealand with me as we continued to work and train hard as our campaign towards the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympic games gets more and more intense. Along with all the amazing supporters and Sponsors behind Team Adam Hall we were all able to continue to push our boundaries and continue with our breakthroughs.

“It is a great feeling as an athlete when you continue to get fitter and stronger” and don’t have any tweaks or injuries of any kind to make the work load a lot more work than its needs to be. Though through the season I did have a couple of procedures in which I had large amounts of Bladder Stones blasted and removed. This was a huge relief as it can become pretty painful and annoying after a while.

Elitsa and I arrived back in Winter Park, Colorado about a month ago. My 9th season here in Winter Park and the driest of all until it started snowing today.

I have spent a good couple of weeks on snow and feeling pretty good about the season and the progress which lays ahead over the next 15 months leading into the Paralympics. There is a lot of hard work which lies ahead, I know that the whole team and myself we are all very excited heading into the final stages of preparation as these next 15 months will fly by so fast.

This weekend I head to Copper Mountain where I will compete in my first races of the season at the Copper Mountain Noram. I will be competing in 2 Super G events and 2 Slalom Events. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday New Zealand time. I will be sure to update after these events.

I hope you will enjoy following The Adam Hall Team progress of this coming Northern hemisphere season as it will be a very busy and exciting one. Be sure to join and follow.

*Big events for this season. 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain followed by World Cup Finals held in Sochi, Russia as a test event for the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

Highlights from this past Kiwi season: Here is a link to the Campbell Live Story which aired at the end of October.

2012 Snow Sports Adaptive Athlete of the Year and 2012 snow Sports Athlete of the Year

2012 Named AMP Alumni -Helping Kiwis Do Great Things-

2012 Attitude awards – Sports Performer of the year award winner

I would like to lastly thank all of my Sponsors, Supporters and believers in following my progress and help making what I do as a high performance athlete be the best it could possibly be. From the bottom of my heart I really appreciate it.

I trust and hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year surrounded by your family and other loved ones. With many more to come.


Cheers Adam :)












“Good to be back on snow”

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Opening day at Cardrona

It is so Good to be back on snow. This is my 18th Season here in New Zealand at Cardrona.

Elitsa and I have now left the farm where we spent the last few weeks. It was good to be back having a good and I guess you can say well deserved break after such a good northern hemisphere season. And of course family time has been good.

Elitsa and I have been back in Wanaka for about 10 days. We have spent 2 days on snow at Cardrona which has been amazing. The conditions for this time of the season I would say are incredible. Good snow coverage and great conditions also. It really is good to be back in the swing of things and get my ski legs back which I got within my first turn.

Scott my coach arrives within the next 10 days. We are really looking forward to the season ahead of training hard and preparing for the months which lay ahead of us as we step up another gear heading towards Sochi in March 2014.

I hope you enjoy following “Team Adam Hall” as we get deeper and deeper into our season and campaign. Enjoy and be sure to follow day by day progress by my Facebook fan page.

Have a good winter or summer where ever you may be.

“This week is leadership week”. Dare to dream. I spent a couple of hours this afternoon at Mt Aspiring College speaking to about 100 year 7 Students. Make sure this weeks reminds you of leadership and if you don’t have a dream. Give it ago. “Dare to dream”.


Cheer from down under :)





“Good to be home”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

I have now been back in New Zealand for three weeks. I can sure say it is pretty good to be home after what was a very long winter in the Northern Hemisphere. My longest season since I started chasing winters. Not far off 6 months. My most successful season to date outside the Vancouver Paralympic games.

My last few weeks spent in Winter Park were almost summer like with temperatures around 18 degrees some days. It definitely was a very mild winter compared to others. Actually the warmest winter I experienced out of my 8 seasons. I spent only a few days on snow since returning to Winter Park after my last competitions in Canada due to warm conditions and very springy snow conditions not ideal when you want to keep your knees. Most of the time was spent planning for our Kiwi Winter and beyond as it is now under 2 years till the next Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Time sure is flying.

“The day Elitsa and I left to come back to New Zealand it was 35 degrees in Denver”. Meaning we have had our summer/Warmth fix the next little while.

We have been lucky to have such nice weather the last couple of weeks and now it looks like winter has arrived with the first major snow fall on the mountains down South.

As I mentioned it is good to be home amongst the green grass and autumn colors. Living the farm life for a while, milking cows, driving tractors and not having to think anything about skiing or training for at least a couple of weeks. It can only be good for you I guess. Elitsa and I even managed to get to the new stadium this last weekend to catch a game of rugby.

Elitsa and I will be relocating back to Wanaka for our Winter months with in the next couple of weeks where the journey towards 2014 starts to develop more and more and the campaign towards the games get more and more exciting.








World Cup Success

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

I am now back in Winter Park after an incredibly amazing 2 weeks of
competing on the last leg of the world cup circuit here in North America. After
my career best in Super G we continued the momentum by winning the slalom event.
This was my first world cup slalom win since 2008 in France. It was great to be
back on top especially in my specialty event.

We packed soon after the Winter Park world cup
events as everyone’s equipment got trucked up to Canada for world cup finals
which definitely helped with not having to travel with ski bags. I had never
been to Panorama before. So this was all new territory for me. Our first day on
snow in Panorama we free skied the race hill which I thought was great. Consistent
gradient terrain with some micro terrain to the hill in other words some small
jumps and bumps here and there. The snow conditions were awesome. Hard and
firm. With flat light conditions as the mountain hides the sun from shinning on
the run. From this point the weather changed for the rest of the week. We
probably had a total of 2 feet of snow or more. This forced a day of
cancellations of 2 Super G events in which was rescheduled for the next day. This
changed the snow from hard to soft. Though the course crew in Panorama did a
great job of keeping the track in pretty good condition. This Super G course I
think would be close to one of the longest courses I have ever done. You wouldn’t
expect anything less at world cup level. We finally kicked off the week with to
Super G races in which the first Super G I had a little mistake double ejected
out of my skis and rolled down the hill for probably close to 50 meters. I was
extremely lucky to walk away from this with just feeling a bit dizzy. I came
back in the second super G and finished in 4th place just a couple of tenths
off the podium. I then competed in Super combined the following day which
consists of 1 run of Super G and 1 run of slalom. I was placed in 2nd in the
Super G after the first run and had a good slalom run to finish again on top of
the podium. From here our goal was to finish strong with back to back wins in
slalom the finals race of the world cup season and my season. By this stage
everyone is pretty tired and I am starting to get pretty tired and a little
fatigued after such a demanding 2 weeks of world cup competition. After my
first slalom run I was leading my close to 2 tenths of a second in challenging
conditions after we had a bunch of new snow followed by rain which made for
some great ruts. Yet again I won the slalom by 1.05 with a great 2nd run. What
an amazing season. 4 world cup victories and 2 top 5 results. (1 win in Super G
where I had never been on the podium at all at world cup level, and another win
in Super G.) Which I had been on a world cup podium once but never won. With
wins both in Winter Park and in Panorama in slalom I gained back my world
number 1 status.

The great thing about Panorama was the amount of kiwi’s working up
there about 30. Having their support and cheers was a pretty cool experience.
Being on that podium with the nationals anthem being played is a pretty sweet
and rewarding thing to happen. As the snow is melting fast here in winter it is
time for me to now work on my next season and get some good end of season
training here before heading home in a month or so.

I would like to really thank you all for your ongoing support and
believe in what I do. We just had the 2 year anniversary since my gold medal in
Vancouver, 2 years on it is great to be back on top of our game and look
forward to the road ahead over the next 2 years as we build stronger towards
the 2014 Sochi winter Paralympics.

A special shout out to everyone apart of “Team Adam
Hall” for your ongoing professional work in helping me achieve to the best
of my ability. :)

“Career Best World Cup Finish”

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

As your summer has come to an end, My Winter is slowly coming to
an end and spring is right in front of our noses here in Colorado as I am about
to face the busiest, most physically and mentally demanding month of the season
as we race the final stages of the 2011/2012 race season. This season for me to
date has been mostly based around training and not so much traveling and racing,
which for me I have felt good about it. Since my last update to you I travelled
to Kimberley, Canada a couple of weeks ago where I competed in some Noram speed
events. I entered my first Downhill events since the 2006 Winter Paralympics. I
entered 4 Training runs but not the actual race. I won 2 training runs which
was pretty cool and kind of surprising. Kimberley is a great hill in which it
gave me a good opportunity to get comfortable and have a good feeling about
going really fast. “I actually spent a season in Kimberley in 2002 when I
was snowboarding”. I was clocked around the mid 90km/hr. In Downhill you
have at least 1 training run before the actual race so you can learn about the
hill. Get familiar with the terrain and how the course runs, without going 110%
on your first Down Hill race and hurting yourself. After taking a day of during
the Downhill race I rested up for 2 Super G events in which I won the first one
in a pretty close finish by just tenths of a second. In the second Super G I
had some slight equipment issues which caused me to fall. Though I got up and
finished but in the middle of the pack. This really built my confidence leading
into the final World Cup leg of the season; we actually started yesterday with
again 2 Super G events. I was able to surprise myself yet again by winning my
first ever World Cup Super G event. I think it is fear to say I am still in
shock as I did not expect to be on top of the podium. With my second ever only
World Cup Win, My last in Slalom back in 2008. Another thing which makes this
special is that as My Paralympic Gold Medal “anniversary” roles
around in the next few days this is my biggest win since those Vancouver
Paralympic Games. In my second Super G I had some slight mistakes which put me
in 5th just over a second and a half behind the leader.

I next race Saturday New Zealand time in my specialty event Slalom
where I will work to have similar results to yesterday. We then travel back to
Canada Sunday where I race all next week in the World Cup Finals.

Thank you all for your support :) On my way to a Super G win

Since The New Year

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Sun Valley

Hi there everyone and a very belated New Year to you all. I hope that your New Year has been going well so far and your New Year resolutions are on track if you have 1. All is well at this end of the world. I had a pretty good Christmas and New Year’s. A lot of free skiing and plenty of food consumed. This Christmas was my 8th away from New Zealand. Time sure does fly by so fast. I think it would be weird not to have a white Christmas. Since my last update at the end of December I have not had any more races. I have just been training away. It has actually been nice not to have to rush around the world competing this season. I have been able to really focus on training and work on all the changes which we made back in New Zealand so it has made for some good consistency. I am heading up to Kimberly, Canada in a week or so for my next races. I will be competing in 2 Super G races which will be awesome. The last time I was in Kimberly I was competing at a world cup a few years ago.. I also spent a season in Kimberly when I was snowboarded back in 2002 so I am pretty familiar with the hill. After that it is back to Winter Park where we have a home world cup this season. This will be a great event for Winter Park and all the athletes. The last huge event Winter Park had I believe was the World Champs back in 1990. Then the World cup circuit continues up to Panorama, Canada where we have the World Cup Finals. I have never been to Panorama so yet another experience to look forward. Elitsa and I were able to back a trip out to Sun valley, Idaho after the New Year where we spent a few days with Family and friends. Always an awesome time surrounded by great people. We even managed to spend a couple of days skiing at Sun Valley and a valley day on the snow which was full of fun. I also managed to try probably the second hardest thing I have done in my life behind a 8 hour off road Hand cycle adventure. I gave Cross Country Skiing a crack in a sit ski. I don’t know how I managed to walk away un hurt or without breaking to much equipment. I didn’t manage to break a pole with in the first 5 minutes. It was a real blast, especially the downhill sections where you have no edges plus I could not turn at all which = I was totally out of control. I took many tumbles on and off the tracks and found a lot of powder in which I found myself upside down in many occasions. I think I will be sticking to alpine. Finally, Thanks to a lot of support and professional expertise I now have a website up and running click the link at the bottom to follow me on Facebook as I also now have a Facebook Fan page in which you can now also follow. I will be updating regular training, competition and uploading some video also. Thank you to everyone for your support in helping do what I do. I hope everyone enjoys 2012. Cheers from Winter Park, Colorado :)

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