Sport: Para-Alpine Skiing
Para-alpine skier Andrew Kurka brings an undying amount of passion to mono-skiing on and off the slopes. Andrew’s first Olympic dream began on the wrestling mat, as a six-time Alaskan state champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. However, his dream took a detour at age 13 after an ATV accident severely damaged three spinal vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Two years later, he discovered mono-skiing with the guidance of his physical therapist.
Andrew was a team member at the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, but suffered a broken back while training in Russia before the Games. With his relentless spirit, however, Andrew continues to excel. He is currently training in a mono-skiing race school at Challenge Alaska and the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski National Team out of Aspen, Colorado. In addition, Andrew is a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network in which he inspires others through his story.
Andrew is currently pursuing a medal in Alpine skiing for the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Andrew works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
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Photo by Julie Bidwell