New Zealand alpine skier Corey Peters is glad to have exceeded his expectations by clinching his second medal of the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics on Monday. The 38-year-old Kiwi role model for many para-athletes, mined silver in the men’s super-G sitting on the following day after winning gold in the downhill at the Yanqing National Alpine Ski Centre.
Notably, Peters still has a long way to go as he’s is scheduled to participate in more events and pile up his medal cabinet at the Games.
“I think I’ve exceeded my own expectations. I wouldn’t be happy just with the one gold to be fair, but now the silver, and who knows in the giant slalom, maybe we’ll get the bronze and get the full set,” he hoped.
“I’m just ecstatic, lost for words. I couldn’t ask for a better start to be able to get two medals in two days. To be fair, I probably would have been happy just with the gold, but to go away with the silver, it’s just icing on the cake,“ said Peters on winning his fourth medal in the Paralympics.
“Felt pretty good on about 95 per cent of the course”
Before producing a stell performance on Chinese soil, Peters won silver at Sochi 2014 and bronze in PyeongChang 2018. During the interaction, he also dwelled upon the course which has a very technical steep pitch as well as a final flat which requires some quick skiing.
“It all comes at you pretty quick when you’re racing. Maybe when I entered the top of the perch, I wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be, but I probably have to re-watch it and analyse it.”
He added: “I felt pretty good on about 95 per cent of the course, just a couple of small little errors, and at this level — it was under half a second, four-tenths — so you make those little minor mistakes and you can lose positions really easily.”