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“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 :)

One year on and pushing on

Monday, April 25th, 2011
One year on

Elitsa and I made it back to the land of the “white long cloud”, Aetoroa almost 2 weeks ago. It was a very long and brutal journey. To be honest it all started off pretty bad after having to pay a significant amount of money for our luggage which is never any fun. This seems to be how the airlines make their money these days. More so from luggage I think than actual tickets.

It was very cool however that there were a few of us kiwi’s on the same flight back to Auckland which doesn’t happen too often.

Also we travelled back to Auckland on the new fancy 777. Arriving back into New Zealand and leaving the heart of the Rockies was a satisfying relief after a pretty long season to be honest. Almost 6 months and it is still snowing over there. In fact the mountain just closed today.

The day after we arrived back into the country we remembered 1 year since mums accident. It has definitely been a very long and stretched out year and seems to have gone on for a very long time. We remembered mum with great company of family and friends to remember that awful shitty day 1 year on.

I want to thank all you guys for your support over the year.

I think it is fear to say that I have been back on the road since getting back in the country. Traveling back and forth from Dunedin to Wanaka. As we get settled in and ready for the New Zealand Winter here at home. It is going to be a big one with the New Zealand Winter games later in August.

All pretty exciting stuff to be honest. After having a bit of a lazy season and not traveling too much. I am ready to get back into the full swing of things and start a strong build up towards Sochi in 2014. Yes time does fly. Only 1,048 days.

I am back in the gym already preparing myself for a big New Zealand Winter. No rest for the Wicked as they say.

I hope you all had a good Easter. Have great week. Till next time.


Adam :)

2 weeks

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Before the storm

The countdown has started. It is now less than weeks until jumping back on a plane to head back home to kiwi land. The next 2 weeks will be busy packing up. During this last week the team headed up to Alaska for the US nationals. My goal this season was to not travel so much and to stay based here in Winter Park as much as I possibly could. Hence the reason I did not head up to Alaska.

It has been a crazy week here in Winter Park. We have had at least 2 feet of snow in a short period of time and it has pretty much been snowing everyday if not through the night. Way too much snow for a ski racer. Great though for those who love the powder.

You can see the before and after pictures here in this post.

After the snow storm

3 weeks left

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

This time last year the closing ceremony had come to an end at the 2010 Winter Paralympic in Vancouver. Pretty incredible how time flies by really. It really does feel like yesterday.

Closing ceremony

Team Staff at closing ceremony

It is only 3 weeks until touching down in New Zealand. This season has just gone aswell. The snow is starting to melt pretty quickly as we are now into spring now. The days are much longer and the temperatures have been in the low teens. Denver was 25 Degrees last night at around 6pm. It is great to get out of the mountains from time to time and get some little summer weather before getting back into another good old kiwi winter.

I took some pictures of the moon the other day. It was pretty spectacular. Full moon. Very big and bright. Actually the last time it was this Big and bright was in 1993. Almost 20 years ago. The next time it will be this close and bright won’t be until 2029.

Rear full moon

Very bright and close full moon

Here also you can check out the amount of snow we have left at the front of our place. There was a lot more!!

Melting snow

Snow in our yard

Alright happy looking, reading. Till next week.

1 year on

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I am back.

It has been too long since I last updated my previous website.

I am back again to keep you up to date with where I am and what I am doing as I finish up my Northern Hemisphere Winter here in Winter Park, Colorado and head back south to start a new journey of back to back Winters after having a break after the Paralympics last March.

This time last year I was in Vancouver, Canada up in the mountains in Whistler competing at the Winter Paralympics. In fact we had just got done with the opening ceremony on the 13th of March New Zealand time. Earlier on this day I was training to peak for my best event Slalom which was scheduled to be at the end of the week.

1 Year on

This is when things got interesting. At about this time last year on the 14th New Zealand time   during our evening team meeting in the Olympic village I was to find out that Down Hill was to be re scheduled and I would be racing slalom tomorrow..

My thoughts “Alright let’s get it over and done with”.

As I write this post it is crazy to think that it was this time last year where I was standing on top of the podium being awarded with a Paralympic gold medal with the New Zealand flag being raised to the National anthem. In front of all my family and friends and all those entire kiwis who came together in Whistler. It was such an amazing feeling. I still to this day get all goosebumps up just thinking back to those fine moments.

I just want to finish off by saying my thoughts are with all my family, friends and also Japanese friends who have been affected by quakes both back in Christchurch and in Japan. Kia Kaha everyone stay strong.

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