Thrilling start to Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard FIS World Cup seasons at Audi Quattro Winter Games New Zealand

06 September 2017 15:43
Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL) flying high in slopestyle
Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL) flying high in slopestyle -
Neil Kerr / Winter Games NZ

The Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand featuring the “who is who” of the world’s top athletes will close in style on 9th September 2017 with the first snowboard halfpipe World Cup competitions of the 2017/18 season.

On 4th September, it was time for the slopestyle riders to impress the judges and wow the fans as the first competitions of the 2017/18 FIS Snowboard slopestyle World Cup season went down at Cardona Alpine Resort with Olympic Champion Jamie Anderson (USA) and Marcus Kleveland (NOR) claiming top spots on the podium. Second place amongst a star-studded field went to Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) and Darcy Sharpe (CAN) in the ladies’ and men’s event respectively. Enjoying the hometown advantage, New Zealanders Carlos Garcia Knight and Zoi Sadowski Synnott both claimed third place.

In the first competitions of the FIS Freestyle ski halfpipe World Cup 2017/18 on 1st September, top honours went to Cassie Sharpe (CAN) after a two-run final, with Kelly Sildaru (EST) in second and Marie Martinod (FRA) in third place. Alex Ferreira (USA) was the champion in the men’s event with Kevin Rolland (FRA) and Simon D’Artois (CAN) rounding out the podium.

The Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand kicked off on 25th August 2017 and feature FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cups in halfpipe and slopestyle, and includes Alpine and Cross-Country Continental Cup races as part of the respective FIS Australia-New Zealand Cups.