AUCKLAND, New Zealand – New Zealand has named its squad for the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang with four athletes named to the squad on Wednesday. Four time Paralympian Adam Hall will be joined by defending silver medalist Corey Peters, Carl Murphy, and debutant Aaron Ewen.
Hall comes into the Paralympic Games as a word champion and will be a favorite to win the men’s slalom standing which he won gold in. That gives Hall a strong chance of winning his second gold medal after claiming the gold in Vancouver in 2010.
Murphy will be coming into his second Paralympic Games, looking to fight for a medal which just eluded him in the banked slalom as he finished fourth. Murphy has been fighting through injury for the last two years to get back into form and even had surgery to fight for 2018 selection, which he has received, rewarding his hard work. At 38 this will certainly be the last Paralympic Games for Murphy, who would have competed in more had Snowboard been in the Paralympic Games earlier, as an early pioneer of the sport in New Zealand.
Peters was the only New Zealand medalist in the 2014 Paralympic or Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in the men’s giant slalom sitting. Peters has continued his form over the recent years and won two silver medals in the 2017 World Championships in the Men’s Downhill Sitting and Super-G Sitting, putting him in with a strong chance of winning a medal in Korea Republic.
The final member of the squad is Ewen as he will make his Paralympic Games debut in alpine skiing, impressing in his first season. Ewen based himself in the United States for the 2017 season before coming back to New Zealand for winter training. In the 2017 season Ewen managed five podium finishes in the world cup season.