Kurka wins bronze medal at world championships in Canada

March 6, 2015

Andrew Kurka SkiingParalympian Andrew Kurka of Palmer took home a bronze medal in the super-G sitting competition at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.

He finished just .91 seconds behind winner Corey Peters of New Zealand and .12 seconds behind France’s Frederic Francois in second.

His podium finish comes a little more than three months after he broke his femur in a skiing accident and only a month after returning to the snow.

“It feels great,” he told me. “I was just excited to get back on the snow three weeks ago after breaking my femur and having surgery in November. Especially after my crash in Sochi breaking my back, I haven’t been on snow as much as I would like.

“I raced at US Nationals just 10 days after being back on snow and managed three championship titles and two silvers. I was honestly planning on being conservative coming into the world championships.”

The 22-year-old has had success on this course before, claiming downhill gold at the 2014 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Panorama.

“I have a great history here,” he said. “I haven’t been on snow that long so didn’t want to push another injury. The fact I managed a medal makes me a super happy camper.”