Our snow stars fly high at Olympics

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Arrowtowner Hamish Bagley scored an impressive top ten finish in the snowboard halfpipe at the Youth Winter Olympics.
 

The 15-year-old, representing New Zealand, had struggled to find his rhythm and execute tricks during training.
 
But he stepped it up during the competition itself, held in Innsbruck, Austria.
 
Queenstowner Callum Burns, 15, has made the quarter-finals of the ice hockey skills challenge, which take place on Thursday.
 
He was the fourth overall in the heats – taking second in the skating agility and shooting accuracy sections.
 
Also competing in the snow sports category was Wanaka youngster Beau-James Wells.
 
He narrowly missed a podium spot in the freeski halfpipe competition after putting in fantastic runs in the final.
 
Adam Dooney, Snow Sports New Zealand, says: “Hamish put down two incredible runs landing back to back 900s in both the semi-finals and finals.
 
“He had some tough competition with the level of skiing really ramping up in the finals.
 
“Some of the athletes were landing double corks and 1080s and the amplitude went through went through the roof with many flying 12 to 14 feet out of the pipe.
 
“This event has helped Hamish’s growth in the sport and in international competition.”
 
The teenager will also compete in the snowboard slope style category at the games, which run until Sunday.
 
Also competing in the snow sports events were Wanaka athletes Sam Andrews, 15, Tim Herbert, 16, and Samantha Poots, 15, who finished seventh in the freeski halfpipe – just missing the six person final.