Star-studded field at Snowboard Freestyle World Cup opener down under
Olympic champions to start in Cardrona
In less than ten days, the FIS Snowboard World Cup will begin a new season. From 16th-24th August, the 2013/2014 winter will debut in New Zealand with contests in slopestyle and halfpipe. The who is who of the international snowboarding scene has already registered for the opener down under to not only compete for World Cup points but also to make the next step in the running qualification process for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The world's best snowboarders will battle it out in one slopestyle (finals on August 19) and halfpipe (finals on August 24) contest at the Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort.
Both competitions are part of the 2013 Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand, the biggest event of the Southern hemisphere winter season featuring Snowboard, Cross-Country, Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing and Curling competitions.
The halfpipe field is led by reigning Olympic Champions Torah Bright (AUS) and Shaun White (USA) who will meet the other 2010 Winter Games medallists Hannah Teter (USA), Kelly Clark (USA) as well as Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) and Scott Lago (USA) in Cardrona's 22 foot superpipe.
The impressive halfpipe line-up also features the likes of 2013 FIS Snowboard World Champions Arielle Gold (USA) and Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) as well as former champions Jiayu Liu (CHN), Holly Crawford (AUS), Ryo Aono (JPN), Nathan Johnstone (AUS) as well as Queralt Castellet (ESP), Sophie Rodriguez (FRA) and Louie Vito (USA).
On side of the slopestyle athletes, the crème de la crème is heading down under, too.
Besides reigning World Champions Spencer O'Brien (CAN) and Roope Tonteri (FIN) also Jamie Anderson (USA), Ty Walker (USA), Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), Jenny Jones (GBR), Kjersti Buaas (NOR), Torah Bright (AUS) as well as Seppe Smits (BEL), Mark McMorris (CAN), Sebastien Toutant (CAN), Jamie Nicholls (GBR), Yuuki Kadono (JPN), Torstein Horgmo (NOR), Eric Willet (USA), Charles Guldemond (USA) and Shaun White (USA) will give it their best shot.
The preliminary, unofficial start lists are available online:
The 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup
The 2014 FIS Snowboard Freestyle World Cup consists of three events (halfpipe, slopestyle and big air) and features a total of eleven competitions with the first slopestyle and halfpipe contest to take place in New Zealand mid of August.