Adaptive SuperG Gold

Proud to share one of my most honorable moments, when i was able to win gold in the SuperG at world cup finals in Pyeong Chang 2017 at the test event. Putting me in the lead for the victory of the Globe.

 

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Ability to overcome 

As we are boarding the plane preparing to leave Pyeong Chang. The test event was amazing, so much so that one year of waiting seems to long. Team USA showed up and did fantastic. The venue for the alpine team is held to the best condition possible. Bringing the best crews from around the world to work the course and keeping the conditions as safe as possible. The surrounding area is beautiful, with rolling rocky hills covered in trees that grow in the most amazing of places and conditions. The rivers are a deep clean blue and people are friendly always wishing to assist you. It seems like a great area to visit for vacation. With Anmok beach not far from Pyeong, where you can truly experience the culture and great seafood. Including fresh caught fish and shellfish for good prices. The only downfall of this area is the smog, surrounding and filling the air. From China which is so close.

The great thing about the test event, was even though not everyone did well and a few expected a little more of themselves. They had a chance to see what is needed, and given one year to overcome any issues they might have in Pyeong. Our team was able to manage multiple globes and overall medals, showcasing our consistency as a program throughout the season. Including myself with two globes. A goal of mine for this season, coming down to the wire in both races it was a close call and worth every moment. To be the best in the world is something noteworthy. A dream that has come true for me.

It’s something that showcases our absolute ability, our hopes and our dreams. A chance to be called the best and makes a legacy. But the beauty of it is the journey and the ability we find that we didn’t know we had, our ability to overcome.

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Definition of Integrity

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Golden Adventure

Adventure comes in many shapes and sizes. Some live a life of adventure, some live to experience adventure. Some make it their souls purpose. For me, adventure is a pastime, something I seek with every chance I get. Something easy when skiing on the US Ski Team. Something that helps make the days away from home and the long moments that fill the days go by much easier. This last trip filled with adventure ranged through a good deal of Europe. The trip started with landing in Munich Germany, the first World Cup race was in InnerKrems Austria with Downhills and SuperGs, followed by GS and Slalom in Kranjska Gora Slovenia. The last race of the recent trip was World Championships in Tarvisio Italy, where the races started with Downhill and SuperG where I managed a Gold and bronze. Marking my first major win, becoming world champion in Downhill, managing a bronze in the SuperG and silver in the GS. Crashing in the SuperCombined and Slalom.

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Making this trip mean even more on a personal level.Was the fact i was able to overcome a busted rib from a slalom injury in Slovenia. Making the victory mean that much more on a personal level. The journey to being world champion though fun and sprinkled with slight disaster. Had moment of memories that will forever stay with me. From winning gold and becoming world champion to taking a take and finding peace at the top of a mountain with friends adventuring ruins. This World Championships is bound to be one i am always thankful for.

 

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Hello from Aspen! Where the training has been fantastic and the racing even better. SuperG training has been in full swing, preparing us for the second SuperG races of the season in Winter Park Colorado. The first races of the season, for the national team, have just ended where we went from some Europa Cups in Pitztal Austria, to a WorldCup in Kuhtai Austria and St Moritz Switzerland. Team USA put down a consistent showing with podiums in nearly every discipline, with Tyler Walker to Laurie Stevens and Thomas Walsh. All putting down consistent finishes.

My personal story though, is one of consistent learning experiences. Though I’m accross the world, with a chance to represent my country, in a beautiful place. Knowing I have been blessed up to this point. Sometimes things just don’t seem to go as perfect as they could. That’s where I would remind myself of a lesson a day. Though I was able to put down a solid performance and a third place in a SuperG in Pitztal. I had some troubles everyday, from a blown shock to technical and personal issues. The thing with the issues are, I looked at them like issues. When truly every tribulation was simply a learning experience. Every learning experience has a positive outcome for the future. Which helps to define the rest of our lives. Though I was sent to represent my country and I did my best in every situation I could. Their were issues and their were learning experiences. Their was a perspective I had to overcome to do the best for myself and those around me. For my country, so I can take the opportunity to inspire and help others, not just with what I’ve learned but in my perspective on life and choices. That’s where a lesson a day can truly make a difference. Even if it’s something that seems difficult and you don’t know how to handle it. Sometimes you have to take a step back, look at it and learn from it. An issue now, can make a difference later.

I’m currently in the process of raising funds for Pyeong Chang 2018 and the dreams I have to make a difference for others. From a simple website, to an adaptive boat and fishing program.
https://www.gofundme.com/andrew-kurka
Please share the link with everyone you can find. Please share the story and the difference that can be made for those with disabilities.

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Value of everyday people

With training just ending in Vail and Aspen. We were able to have some of the first races of the season. They ended well with some solid competition from both Tyler Walker and Josh Elliot of team USA showing that we are as close with racing as we are as friends. The Aspen races were a good eye opener for the competition to come. With World Cup on the way, we will have some hefty competition and will have to work together, to represent our country to the best of our ability. The important thing to see, is the comrodery of my friends and teammates. Helping each of us to push eachother, to be the best we can be. Whether it be in the Gym, on the Snow. Or everyday life. It’s because of the team mates I have. I know I will always be pushing myself to be better. Which helps me to see the value of everyone and everyday people in my life.

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Austrian Times

Back to Hintertux again, in the beautiful district of Tirol in the country of Austria. Training on a glacier in the mountains of the Alps. It is a ski culture and a beautiful land dedicated to pursue the dream of sliding on snow. It’s amazing how we travel across the world and stand in a line with hundreds of people. To ride multiple gondolas up a series of mountains to a glacier, 9,000ft up. To ski. The experience and uniqueness is truly beautiful. The culture is truly unique. The training is simply superb. But when you take a step back, don’t look toward the ski culture near as much, but instead, take the time to meet the locals. You then start to see it for what it is, a small farming town in the countryside. With hard working people, local produce and a sense of past. Something that brings faith in humanity. A simplicity of soul, to be happy something like this. Still exists. 

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