Injury forces Alaska skier Andrew Kurka to exit Paralympics after just one race

Andrew Kurka’s 2022 Paralympic experience had barely got underway when injury forced the Palmer native out of further competition.

Kurka, the 2018 gold medalist in the downhill, revealed Saturday that he had broken his thumb and humerus, in his upper arm, just prior to completing a 4th-place run in the downhill in Yanqing, China.

“I still raced and gave it my all,” Kurka wrote on Twitter. “I promise I won’t be giving up.”

Kurka was competing in his third Paralympics for the United States, with a silver medal in the Super-G in 2018 to go with his downhill gold.

Kurka was selected for the 2014 team but did not compete due to a training injury suffered just prior to competition in Sochi.