Kurka eyes 2014 Winter Games (Skiing)

December 9, 2010

Move over Kikkan Randall and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, there’s another Alaska hopeful for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Make room for monoskier Andrew Kurka of Palmer.

The 18-year-old with the Challenge Alaska Adaptive Race Team and Alyeska Ski & Snowboard Club dreams of representing the U.S. at the Paralympic Games. He participated in PEV (Paralympic Experience Vancouver) and was a member of the Alpine Junior Elite team in Breckenridge in 2009.

Kurka has partial leg paraplegia; he broke his back at age 13 in an ATV accident. Using forearm crutches as a mobility device, the monskier has competed in one NASTAR/Level 1 and one NorAm/Level 2 adaptive ski race. He’s also hoping to go to the X Games.

Learn more about Andrew Kurka on his blog.

He also participates in sled hockey, handcycling and bodybuilding as well as being a five-time former state freestyle wrestling champion.

Kurka is currently competing at the 23rd annual Hartford Ski Spectacular at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado.

“Racing Slalom, and GS with the US ski team coaches!!! Having a blast,” he wrote on his blog.

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