New Zealand has snared a silver medal at the Sochi Paralympics through New Plymouth skier Corey Peters in the giant slalom.
New Plymouth skier Corey Peters saved his best for last by winning silver at the Paralympics, New Zealand's only medal of the 2014 Games in Russia.
The last Kiwi to compete at Sochi, sitting class athlete Peters shone in his favoured event, the giant slalom, to reward a consistent week in which he placed fourth in the Super-Combined discipline and sixth in Super-G.
He led the 31-man field after clocking one minute 18.10 seconds in his opening run.
The last man to complete the second run, his time of 1:15.10 was the sixth fastest and left him 0.47sec behind Swiss winner Christoph Kunz overall. He was 0.11sec clear of third-placed Austrian Roman Rabl.
"I'm pretty blown away really," Peters said.
"You can never really expect the podium at this level but I knew I skied well in the Super-Combined and it was just a matter of getting a good night's sleep and repeating it the following day which I've definitely done."
A former Taranaki age group rugby representative, Peters, 30, was paralysed at a motocross event in 2009.
He says all the hours of training he had since poured into skiing in Wanaka and Colorado since taking it up in 2011 had paid off in a way that surpassed his expectations.
"It makes it even more special coming away with a medal. Even if I didn't have a medal I'd still be stoked but this is just the icing on the cake."
The two other New Zealand athletes in Sochi came agonisingly close to winning medals on Friday.
Wanaka's Carl Murphy was fourth in the snowboard cross while 2010 Paralympics gold medallist Adam Hall was fourth in the men's standing Super-Combined.