A six-time high school state champion in Alaska, Andrew Kurka originally dreamed of becoming an Olympic wrestler until an ATV accident paralyzed him from the waist down at the age of 13. Two years after the accident, he tried the monoski and immediately fell in love with speed. Since making the U.S. national team in 2010, his journey hasn't been without obstacles. Kurka has broken his back twice while competing, including during a training run at Sochi 2014 that sent him home before he could compete for a medal at his first Paralympic Winter Games. Eight months later, he broke his femur that took him off the snow for nearly a year. Since then, Kurka has looked strong and consistent on the hill. In February, he won three world championship medals in the men's sitting class including his first world title in downhill at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships. He carried that momentum through the end of the season, capturing the downhill and super-G crystal globes to put a stamp on the most successful year of his career. With PyeongChang 2018 in his sights, Kurka has no plans to slow down.