Corey Peters takes GOLD for New Zealand in Beijing
Paralympian #188 Corey Peters has now become the first New Zealand medallist at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, getting the New Zealand Paralympic Team on the medal table.
Peters won GOLD in the Men’s Downhill Sitting in a time of 1:16.73. This is Peters’ first Paralympic gold medal.
Peters had a smooth, fast run, incredibly quick through the steep pitches and carrying his speed exceptionally well though the flats. He took the lead from Norway’s Jesper Pedersen by the second intermediate and maintained it to the finish line. Pedersen finished in second place, 1.26 seconds slower than Peters, with Japan’s Tiaki Morii in third place.
The Downhill course in Yanqing is steep and technical, lending itself to Corey’s experience and precision skiing. 11 out of 25 sit skiers did not finish the course, showing just what an incredible achievement this is.
Peters previously won silver in Sochi 2014 and bronze in PyeongChang 2018. He came to Beijing 2022 intending to complete the set and New Zealanders will undoubtably incredibly proud of his outstanding achievement.