Andrew Kurka Is Powered by Toyota

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by Kristen Pettineo
March 2022
Andrew Kurka Is Powered by Toyota
In early March, the first-ever Toyota Sit-Ski made its Paralympic Winter Games debut. Team Toyota athlete and Para alpine skier Andrew Kurka was one of the two Team USA alpine skiers who competed in the Toyota Sit-Ski.  

What’s that? It’s a special monoski built from the ground up. As part of Toyota’s ongoing commitment to the Paralympic Movement, Toyota Racing Development USA (TRD USA) lent its engineering and technology expertise to develop the exclusive sit-ski, available for use by U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing at the Games.

“In a quest to revolutionize mobility for the world and inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes, we’ve teamed up with an all-star group at Toyota Racing Development USA for this special project,” said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president of Toyota Marketing at Toyota Motor North America. “There is no better global event than the Paralympics for Toyota to reinforce our passionate belief that everyone has the right to freedom of movement in an inclusive society and we can’t wait to see the athletes compete in the first-ever Toyota Sit-Ski.”
Prior to the Games, Kurka tested the new rig out all over the world.
“I’ve never ridden anything so great in my entire life,” Kurka said. “It’s what all of the monoskis are going to be emulated from. I can guarantee that. With or without my successes, Toyota just revolutionized Paralympic Alpine skiing for the sit-skiers around the world. That’s pretty cool.”
To learn more about the Toyota Sit-Ski, the team members who helped make it possible, and the impact it could have on the sport, watch the videos here
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