Andrew
Kurka

Climbing to New Heights

Explore Andrew's story below.

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Sport

Para Alpine Skiing

Born

January 27, 1992

Hometown

Palmer, AK

Olympic Games

2018, 2022

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 Winter Games 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

Andrew competed on the world stage again at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, racing on the first-ever Toyota Sit-Ski, a monoski designed by the engineers at Toyota Racing Development USA. When asked about the experience, he said he took pride in being able to represent the U.S.A. and was excited as he looked toward the future. For him, the joy of being on the mountain and racing on his "awesome monoski" was paramount. With two Paralympic Games under his belt, Andrew is more motivated than ever and hopes that one day he can compete side by side with non-disabled athletes—under one integrated event.

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ANDREW'S PRIUS

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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Champion on and off the slopes.

“Win, lose or draw, the Toyota Sit-Ski is an awesome monoski.”

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Prius XLE AWD-e Stats

49

24.6

10

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From city streets to mountain highways, navigate all roads with style and confidence. The 2022 Toyota Prius is geared up to take on your every whim with its available AWD-e, ample cargo space and tech that inspires.

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