Posts Tagged: Alpine Skiing

20 for 2020: These Alaska athletes brought their best this year

December 29, 2020

With 2020 in our rearview, let’s look back on the top 20 Alaska athletes from this year. Here is the list for our 20 for 2020. They represent the best of the best from The Last Frontier. History makers, record setters, world champions and more. From the ski trails to the track and the hardwood… Read more »

Kurka strikes alpine gold in Russia, wins three World Cup races

February 20, 2020

Palmer’s Andrew Kurka was all or nothing at the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Russia. He raced six times, winning three times and crashing three times. The sensational sit-skier crashed and did not finish the downhill race in each of the first two days of competition. He came back on Day 3 to win… Read more »

Led by Hawes, Alyeska’s Freeride Team excels in Wyoming

February 14, 2020

Undaunted by the steep and technical backcountry ski terrain — not to mention wind, cold and high altitude — the Alyeska Ski Club’s Freeride Team excelled at a junior national International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association competition in Grand Targhee, Wyoming. Carson Hawes led the way by winning the male Under 12 ski division. He scored… Read more »

Kurka wins 5th career World Cup medal in Super-G sitting race

February 9, 2019

Palmer’s Andrew Kurka claimed another medal in his specialty event at the World Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. The 27-year-old won bronze with a third-place finish in the Super-G sitting race at the World Para Alpine Skiing event, pocketing his fifth career medal in the Super-G since 2016. Kurka, of Colony High fame, finished behind a… Read more »

Quinn competes at World Skimo Championships

March 16, 2017

When Najeeby Quinn attempted her first ski mountaineering race in 2012 on borrowed gear, she struggled mightily. “It was freakin’ horrible, the most humbling thing ever,” Quinn said of the experience in Colorado, where she grew up. “My mom almost beat me in the race.” Despite the inauspicious start, Quinn, of Anchorage, had a surprising… Read more »

Kurka double medals in downhill at Para-Alpine World Cup

January 13, 2017

Para-alpine skier Andrew Kurka of Palmer proved he’s still got it. The 24-year-old picked up a pair of medals and beat a world champion in the first World Cup downhill races of the season in Austria. Kurka, of Colony High fame, placed second to New Zealand’s world champion Corey Peters in the first men’s sitting… Read more »

Kurka returns from Nationals with pocket full of medals

February 18, 2016

Palmer’s Andrew Kurka was having an epic time at the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Nationals in Aspen, Colorado, until the final day. That’s when things went to another level. Kurka, of Colony High fame, capped the greatest race series of his ski career with a gold medal in the super-G, beating reigning world champion Corey Peters… Read more »

Kurka wants to gear down but not necessarily slow down

December 27, 2015

He’s only 23, but Andrew Kurka of Palmer has put his body through hell. Three times he has broken his back, most recently during a training run for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. His go-for-broke mentality on the ski slopes has paid dividends, yet he’s paid the price as Kurka is yet to… Read more »

Kurka snags super-G, slalom silver medals at NorAm in Canada

December 8, 2015

US Ski Team member Andrew Kurka of Palmer picked up a couple silver medals at the North American Cup adaptive alpine races in Panorama, Canada. He finished second to Japan’s Taiki Morri in both men’s sit-down Super-G and slalom races. “I have a new mono ski I have been on this season. I am still… Read more »

Kurka wins bronze medal at world championships in Canada

March 6, 2015

Paralympian 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… Read more »