Australia sends strong team to meet Olympic medallists at Winter Games NZ
Australia’s leading snow sports athletes and Olympic medal contenders have confirmed a strong snowboard team at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest winter sports event – the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ on 16-24 August.
Olympic gold medallist, Torah Bright, is on the competitor list to head the women’s snowboarding field. Only the fourth Australian to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, Bright plans to again make history at Sochi in 2014 by becoming the first snowboarder to compete in three disciplines – halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard-cross.
She is down to compete in the halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines at Cardrona Alpine Resort during the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, where she will join many of her Olympic medal rivals such as Kelly Clark (USA), Sophie Rodriguez (FRA) and Hannah Teter (USA).
Bright is joined by former snowboarding halfpipe world champion, Holly Crawford, who, with two Olympics under her belt already and a current world ranking of five (FIS Halfpipe), will also be aiming for a place on the podium, bettering her second place at the 2011 Winter Games NZ.
Ben Wordsworth, head coach of the Australian Olympic snowboard team, said Winter Games were vital as part of the Australian Olympic build up. “Winter Games NZ is a very important event for our team leading into Sochi. For most of the athletes they are in the final stages of their Olympic qualifying process and the Winter Games counts towards this as it's the first event on the 2013-2014 calendar.”
The Australian team is joined at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ by leading athletes from some 30 nations including all three of the 2010 men’s Olympic snowboard halfpipe medallists – Shaun White (USA), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Scott Lago (USA) – as well as the entire women’s snowboard halfpipe podium - Torah Bright (AUS), Hannah Teter (USA) and Kelly Clark (USA).
For further information, visit www.wintergamesnz.com.