Andrew
Kurka

Climbing All the Way to the Top

Explore Andrew's story below.

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Sport

Para Alpine Skiing

Born

January 27, 1992

Hometown

Palmer, AK

Olympic Games

2018

Vehicle

Prius

Andrew's Paralympic Journey

A six-time state champion wrestler by the time he was 13, Andrew’s promising career on the mat was cut short when he became paralyzed in an ATV accident. But he found hope and overcame his injuries when he ventured into the world of para alpine skiing, making his Paralympic debut in 2018 in PyeongChang. There, Andrew took gold in his first event, becoming the first Alaskan to earn a medal at the Winter Paralympics.

 

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I want people to see my story and believe that they can do it also, or even if they can’t, that they're willing to try.
Road to Beijing

In his own words, Andrew’s story is one of “a rock-bottom climb to the top of a mountain.” The summit wasn’t without its challenges, of course. Still, he found the will to keep climbing from the people who motivated and inspired him. He credits past failures for the learnings they bestowed and believes his setbacks have, in a way, led to his successes. Now, as he eyes his second Paralympic Games, he’s motivated more than ever and hopes that one day, he can play on the same playing field as non-impaired athletes—under one integrated event.

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ANDREW'S PRIUS

Rule the road.

“The first thing to surprise me was the Prius’s power and maneuverability. I wasn’t so sure it would handle so well, but it definitely surpassed my expectations.”

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Take command of everything.

“My Prius is the perfect mix of everything I need in Alaska. It saves me fuel on long drives, the AWD gets me through storms, and it has the perfect amount of space for my gear.”

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Prius XLE AWD-e Stats

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