Vancouver 2010 Paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall continues to make his presence felt on the world stage. The Dunedin-born ski champion thrives on a constant diet of winter, racing on the World Cup circuit alongside the very best Para athletes and coaches in the world. A member of the Cardrona NZ National Adaptive Ski Team since 2005, Adam splits his training base between Winter Park in the USA and Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand.
Diagnosed at birth with spina bifida, Adam says he’s "lucky" because he is mobile and able to walk. Adam began skiing at age six and switched to snowboarding at age nine. He admits to being a snowboarder at heart, but switched back to skiing in order to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games in 2006.
Adam has represented New Zealand three times at the Paralympic Games in Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, taking the gold medal in standing slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics. Since then he’s continued to dominate in the world of Para alpine skiing.
Adam has long been recognised as a specialist in the technical disciplines but in recent years has also achieved top results in the speed disciplines. In 2016 Adam won gold medals in Downhill as well as the Slalom at the World Cup finals in Aspen and finished the season ranked third overall in the world for men’s standing Super-G and Downhill Standing. The 2017 season started with a bang as Adam won a bronze medal at the 2017 Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Italy.
Adam is now focussed on his fourth Paralympic Games that will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea in March 2018 and will go into the games in great form following a successful 2017/2018 season.
Adam has twice been named Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year, and received the ultimate accolade of being named Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2012. In 2011, he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZOM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to sport. In 2013 Adam was named Senior Sportsman of the Year at the Central Otago Sports Awards.
Key international events include:
Northern Hemisphere season 2017/18
PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 9 to 18 March