Queenstown ski racer 25th in Winter Olympics giant slalom


Queenstown ski racer Adam Barwood has finished an outstanding 25th in the men’s slalom at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Barwood, 21, sliced down the treacherous course 54.21 seconds for his first run – placing 50th – then 1:01.97 in his second run.

His total time over the two runs was 1:56.18, just over 14 seconds slower than gold medallist Mario Matt of Austria.

Seventy of the 115 starters failed to complete two runs down the Rosa Khutor course.

“It was a very unusual course there – super tough,” Barwood told NZ Newswire.

“It was pretty warm, so the track does get dished out and it’s hard to ski on.

“But for the second run, that course was something else.”

The course was re-set for the second run, and then hardened by changing conditions. It saw 32 of the 77 who made the cut unable to finish or disqualified.

Barwood looked in trouble at the top of the course, stumbling several times, but managed to hold on in there.

“Usually you just want to attack it completely. This one, you couldn’t. It was just about making it down and doing the best you could,” Barwood says.

Young Barwood, who learnt to ski on Coronet Peak and is Queenstown’s sole Winter Olympian, also finished an impressive 44th in the men’s giant slalom.

His combined time for two runs in the GS was 2:57.40.