All-star lineup for Winter Games in Queenstown

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New Zealand’s upcoming Winter Games are pulling some of the world’s top performers. 

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest winter sports event, on from August 12 -28, is expected to attract more than 1000 elite athletes – with some Olympic gold medallists already signed up. 

NZ fringe sports such as ice hockey, skating and curling are attracting top contenders from around the world – with Korea, Switzerland, Sweden and China already locking in athletes to attend. 

Winter Games NZ boss Arthur Klap says the quality of entrants reflect how important the event is on the world circuit. 

“It’s really good to see countries sending significant numbers of their top athletes indicating Winter Games is a valuable competition platform for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres,” he says. 

“With the Northern Hemisphere season now over, team managers will be assessing their options for the summer months. Winter Games NZ will appeal as it offers world-class competition and provides a valuable launch pad for their 2014 Winter Olympic campaigns.” 

Queenstown will play host during the games, along with Wanaka, Naseby, Dunedin and Methven.