Snowboard class at Games village fun rolls on


The world’s number two female snowboarder has taken out the slopestyle gold at the Winter Games in Cardrona. 

United States athlete Jamie Anderson, ranked second on the World Snowboard Tour and an X Games gold medallist, rewarded a patient Cardrona crowd with a stunning display yesterday. 

Great Britain’s Jenny Jones won silver and Netherland’s Cheryl Maas won bronze at the event on day five of the Audi quattro Winter Games. 

Kiwi boarder Christy Prior reached the final and her second run was looking good until the very last kicker when she agonisingly failed to land her final jump cleanly. Her first run score of 61.75 was enough to take seventh place overall. 

No other Kiwi athletes made the final with Shelly Gotlieb 22nd, Rebecca ‘Possum’ Torr 26th, Stefi Luxton 33rd and Jasmin Gallop 42nd from 46 starters. 

Weather again disrupted the day’s schedule leading to a late afternoon finish for the women and cancellation of the men’s competition. However, the performance of all eight women in the final, which ended with daylight fading, was well worth the wait. 

Anderson’s first run scored 94.75 featuring a backside tail tap over the wall ride to a backside tailslide on the downrail, a 50-50 to backside 180 out on the pole jam and finishing with a switch backside 5 indy and a backside 5 mute on the kicker line.

Anderson’s second run became a victory lap after her closest competitors failed to match her score. Afterwards she said the day had been “long but really good”.

“Today has been just wonderful. I’m so thankful it worked out and that everyone was patient with the earth – it’s just a part of the journey. I just wanted to land a run and do well but I wasn’t totally obsessed with winning,” she says. 

“All of us had to deal with the weather which was quite challenging but we all rode really well and I’m so proud of all the girls and I’m really happy with myself.” 

Bronze medallist Maas adds: “I’m so happy today. I got third place and I couldn’t believe it, especially after being out for six months with an ACL and meniscus injury. I’m really happy – there couldn’t be a better start than this.” 

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 continues today with the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Giant Slalom women’s race at Coronet Peak and further round-robin matches in the men’s fours and mixed doubles at Winter Games NZ’s elite curling tournament in Naseby. 

The Lotto Villages bar, café and lounges are open in Wanaka and downtown Queenstown at Earnslaw Park for the public. Live music at the Queenstown Village from 5pm is local duo Pistol Nights. 

Great documentaries are playing at Queenstown’s Reading Cinemas all day with a Queenstown mountain biking film and moving snowboard documentary playing at Wanaka’s Cinema Paradiso from 6pm tonight. 

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