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Alaska Winter Sports Notebook: Kurka Named To 3rd USA Paralympic Team

Alaska Winter Sports Notebook: Kurka Named To 3rd USA Paralympic Team

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Team USA’s Andrew Kurka will represent the United States in the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi for the third time in a row. Kurka is from Palmer, Alaska. According to the official announcement made on Feb. 16, the Games will take place in Beijing from March 4-14, 2019.

Kurka will participate in the Paralympic alpine skiing events, and he has previously won a gold and a silver medal at the Paralympics in skiing.

After an ATV accident in which he sustained significant damage to three vertebrae in his spinal cord, the former state champion wrestler didn’t let the event derail his ambitions of becoming an Olympian. In his ski career, he has gone from being a dominant figure on the mat to being a dominant figure on the slopes. He has five medal finishes in his career, all coming in Paralympic and World Championships competitions.

Brennan Re-Enters the Field of Battle in Finland

On Sunday, Rosie Brennan of APU had a strong showing at the FIS Cross Country World Cup 10K classic in Lahti, Finland, her first competition since returning from the Winter Olympics, where she finished sixth in the women’s 30K freestyle and fourth in the freestyle sprint. Brennan was competing in her first competition since returning from the Winter Olympics. She finished in the eighth position, 62 seconds behind the winner, Therese Johaug of Norway, who completed the course in 24 minutes and 28 seconds. Brennan did indeed place first among the United States athletes, finishing ahead of the other four members of the Davis United States Cross Country Ski Team.

“I felt much more like myself and was able to ski in the manner in which I want,” Brennan remarked. “Lahti has proven to be a difficult location for me in the past, but today I felt mighty in my classic skiing and could push myself to my limits. It’s safe to say that I was irritated after yesterday’s events, and I’m grateful that I was able to let it go and find myself out in public today. There was a significant increase in attendance this weekend due to the enjoyable weather conditions. Being able to ski without being caught in an arctic tornado was a real treat.”

Michael Earnhart Shines At Junior & U23 World Championships

Brennan wasn’t the only member of the APU Nordic Ski Center to put up a solid performance against some of the top competitors from across the world in a European event this past weekend. The Eagle River resident followed up his 10th-place result in the men’s 30K by assisting the United States relay team to a bronze medal at the 2022 Junior World Championships in Lygna, Norway, last week. Earnhart is a member of the Eagle River Track Club.
I went to my first World Juniors last year, but this is the first year I’ve felt like I have a chance to place in the top 10 and achieve success; last year, I was thinking, ‘Well, I’m satisfied if I place in the top 30.'”

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