Barwood fizzing for world champs


Ace Queenstown ski racer Adam Barwood is racing in three disciplines at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in the United States.

Barwood, New Zealand’s national slalom title›holder for the past three years, was due to compete in the Super G overnight at Colorado’s Beaver Creek.

Next Thursday, US time, the 22-year-old will compete in qualifying races for the Giant Slalom, followed by racing on Friday.

Qualification races will then be held next Saturday in his favoured slalom event, followed by racing on the Sunday.

Barwood, who recently picked up a second and third in Super G races at nearby Aspen, competed in his first world ski champs the last time they were held, two years ago, in Schladming, Austria.

He told Mountain Scene: ‘‘It was an amazing experience with over 55,000 spectators at the night slalom I competed in.’’

This will be his first time racing at Beaver Creek ‘‘so that will add to the challenge’’.

NZ ski team coach, Queenstowner Nils Coberger, says Barwood ‘‘is skiing well and looking forward to the challenge’’.

He adds Barwood’s main focus will be the slalom, where he finished 25th a year ago in his first Winter Olympics, at Sochi, Russia.

‘‘The whole [NZ] team has prepared well at our base in Aspen, winning a series of races there, and then some more top 10 results in Eldora, Colorado’’.

Barwood says after the world champs he’ll head to Austria to compete in races in Europe.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Queenstowner Rose Hadley won bronze in Super G at last week’s FIS Borrufa Trophy event at Andorra for 13- to 16-year-olds. The medal is NZ’s first FIS children’s medal in four years.