Posts Tagged: Alpine Skiing

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 »

Injured champ Kurka to be part of ESPN crew at X Games

December 6, 2014

He won’t be on the mountain, but Andrew Kurka of Palmer will be on your TV. The injured U.S. Paralympic Alpine Team skier told me he will be part of the ESPN broadcast team that will be announcing live at the X Games next month in Colorado. “I am very excited to be announcing at… Read more »

Kurka, Tompkins named to U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team

February 5, 2014

You can add two more names to the list of Alaska Olympians. Mono-skiers Andrew Kurka of Palmer and Joe Tompkins of Juneau today were named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Team that will compete at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in March. Kurka, of Challenge Alaska fame, is currently representing Uncle Sam on… Read more »

Kurka notches first World Cup win in downhill in British Columbia

January 10, 2014

Andrew Kurka of Anchorage stuck gold today in Canada. The 21-year-old won a gold medal in the men’s sitting division on the first day of downhill competition at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in British Columbia. “It feels really great to win in what is really only my third international competition,” Kurka… Read more »