Andrew was born in Homer, Alaska. He was an avid athlete and wrestler that dreamed of one day representing his country on the wrestling mat. After moving to Palmer, Alaska and winning multiple state titles Andrew was injured in the summer of 2005 in an ATV accident while in route to his favorite fishing hole. Andrew was partially paralyzed from the waist down when the 4 wheeler fell onto him. Andrew was determined to get back up and start living life again. After months of rehab it was time to start recreating again. Kurka was invited to the Children’s Miracle Network because of his tenacity to recover and will to live.
In 2007 Andrew was introduced to Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski & Snowboard School by his physical therapist and it was love at first slide. Andrew picked up mono skiing very well and progressed faster than normal. By 2008 Andrew started his racing career training 3-4 days per week with Challenge Alaska and Alyeska Ski Club. It wasn’t long before he was in the terrain park, riding deep snow on the upper mountain, and entering Alyeska Resort terrain like Christmas Chute and the Knuckles. Challenge Alaska brought the life of competition back to Andrew Kurka giving him the chance to represent his country, not as a wrestler but as a skier.
In Andrew’s free time he is a radio DJ for Country Legends, a radio station in the Matsu Valley. He gives motivational speeches and works hard telling his story so others can benefit from sports and recreation therapy as well. If Andrew isn’t skiing, working, or hanging with family he is probably fishing.
Andrew Kurka was named to the US adaptive team in 2012 and has been competing on the World Cup Circuit for 2 years now. Andrew will be competing in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia and will be a contender for medals in Giant Slalom, Super G, and Downhill events.
Watch Andrew Kurka’s You Tube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/kkuurrkkaa/videos
Alyeska Resort is Andrew’s home mountain and he is proud to be representing Alaska and people with disabilities around the world thru Adaptive Alpine Ski Racing. If you happen to see a ripping mono skier skiing at Alyeska with a lime green frame say hi to Andrew and take a run with him…. If you can keep up.
Alaska Center for Acupuncture
2014 Parlympic Athlete for Sochi, Russia
2013: Named to 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team
World Cup Top 10 adaptive Downhill skier
World Cup Top 10 adaptive Super G skier
2009 E Team Athlete
2010 Adaptive Nationals SG & GS Champion
2011 & 2012 X Games Mono Cross Event Competitor.
2012 NORAM Copper Mountain, Copper Mountain, 2nd place super-G; World Cup, 10th place giant slalom
2013 Arctic Man Adaptive Division Competitor
2013 Nor AM Super G Gold Kimberly BC
2014 World Downhill Globe Leader
2014 World Cup Panorama, 1st place downhill. World Cup Tignes, 5th place Downhill