Queenstown skier first Kiwi home at Games racing


A Queenstown alpine ski racer was the highest-ranked Kiwi at yesterday’s Winter Games event, lowering his ranking.

Young Queenstown skier Adam Barwood came in 21st at the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Slalom up Coronet Peak.

However, it was a day for the Americans with Paula Moltzan taking out the women’s gold and David Chodounsky winning the men’s.

They were among 97 men and 67 women competing on the 7th day of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.

FIS Australia New Zealand Cup chairman David Howden described the Rocky Gully course up Coronet Peak in Queenstown as close to world cup level.

“This is a tough hill and many of the athletes in the high calibre field have scored some excellent results which will count towards their quest for Olympic qualification for Sochi,” he says.

The men’s runner-up Akira Sasaki, of Japan, Akira was pleased with his result: “My coach set the second course which was helpful for me. The Winter Games has been very important for me because I want to qualify for Sochi.”

The first New Zealand woman was 17-year-old Eliza Grigg who started in bib 61 and claimed 33rd place in in 1.41.93.

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 continues today with the first of two IPC Alpine Slalom World Cups at Coronet Peak – featuring sometime Wanaka-based Olympic gold medallist Adam Hall.

Qualifying rounds for the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup at Cardrona are also being held as are further round-robin matches in the men’s fours and mixed doubles at Winter Games NZ’s elite curling tournament in Naseby.

The Auckland Airport Adventure Film Festival continues at Reading Cinemas, Queenstown and Cinema Paradiso in Wanaka – CLICK HERE for session times.

Live music and entertainment plus medal ceremonies tonight from 6pm are at the Games Village in Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park.

The Plebs play in Queenstown at 5pm followed by Pistol Nights at 7pm after the medal ceremony.

Tori Reed sings at the Games Village in Wanaka on Ardmore Street.