Wānaka alpine skier on the podium in St Moritz
Wānaka's Adam Hall, a Beijing 2022 Paralympic double bronze medallist, has finished in third place at the FIS Para Alpine Slalom World Cup held in Switzerland over the weekend.
It was a long-awaited result for Mr Hall, who was stoked with his performance.
“I am really happy with my results and performance here the last couple of days. I haven’t stood on a World Cup podium in five years - the last time was right before the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics."
Mr Hall, who competes in the men’s standing category, had a solid first run on the snowy slopes of St. Moritz, sitting in second position after the first run, +5.06 behind leader Arthur Bauchet of France.
Coming into run two, with less than one second separating Hall from his next closest four competitors, he knew he had to replicate his strong performance from run one. Hall’s experience and ability to perform under pressure was evident, finishing just three hundredths of a second ahead of the fourth-place time.
“The conditions here in St. Moritz have been very diverse and challenging, from both a technical and tactical perspective. There has been a lot of snow fall and low visibility, but the snow surface underneath has been spectacular," Mr Hall says.
Mr Bauchet held onto the top spot to take the win, with Aaron Lindstroem of Sweden finishing in second place.
This weekend of races is historical as they are the first FIS Para Alpine Slalom World Cup’s to be held since FIS took over as the international governing body for Para Alpine Ski Racing earlier this year.
Main image (Snow Sports NZ): FIS Para Alpine Slalom World Cup Podium, (left to right) Aaron Lindstroem, of Sweden, in 2nd, Arthur Bauchet, of France, in 1st and Adam Hall in 3rd.