Quality field for halfpipe World Cup event in New Zealand
Elite riders representing 22 nations are lining up to compete in the 2012/2013 season's FIS Snowboard World Cup opener at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort from August 25 to 26.
A total of 40 women and 80 men have registered to start.
Olympic Gold medalists, World Champions and World Cup title winners all feature in the field of snowboarders as they compete in the first official event of the Olympic qualification period for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The women's field is led by 2010 Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists Torah Bright (AUS), Kelly Clark (USA) and Hannah Teter (USA) and also includes ten other Vancouver finalists such as Jiayu Liu (CHN), Queralt Castellet (ESP) and reigning World Champion Holly Crawford (AUS).
On the men's side, top riders planning to compete are 2010 Olympic Silver and Bronze medalists Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Scotty Lago (USA) as well as reigning World Champion Nathan Johnstone (AUS), previous Cardrona World Cup winners Ryo Aono (JPN, 2007) and Janne Korpi (FIN, 2010) as well as Switzerland's top gun Iouri Podladtchikov.
In addition, several other international pros such as Patrick Burgener (SUI) and Staale Sandbech (NOR) are keen to start.
Time table Halfpipe World Cup Cardrona – all local times:
Saturday, August 25: Qualifiers Women and Men at 8:45 AM
Sunday, August 26: Semi finals Women and Men at 10 AM
Finals Women and Men at 12 PM