Queenstown teenage snow-sporters continue to impress on the world stage with podium finishes.
Snowboarder Tiarn Collins, 18, won bronze in the slopestyle World Cup at Snowmass Resort, Aspen, Colorado, US, last Friday.
He landed clean back-to-back 1260s on the jumps and executed a clean rail section to score 83.57 and claim his first World Cup medal in slopestyle.
The youngster is already named in the NZ Olympic team for the PyeongChang 2018 Games next month, where he will contest both slopestyle and big air disciplines.
He won a World Cup silver medal in Big Air last November.
“I’m over the moon, this is my first big slopestyle podium,” he said after the event.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster heading in to the Games. It’s cool to get back into the competition space after the holidays, and even better to podium.”
Meanwhile Alice Robinson, 16, won the Giant Slalom at International Ski Federation (FIS) races in Gaal, Austria, last Thursday.
She’s now ranked in the top 70 female GS skiers in the world.
Alice also placed second in an FIS GS race in Gaal the previous day.
Robinson had raced her first World Cup on January 6, finishing 42nd and missing the top-30 cut by .97sec.
“I was feeling super-excited about the World Cup,” the youngster says.
“It was great to get into that environment and check everything out and I was pleased with how I skied.
“I was also really happy to get my first and second places in Gaal.
“It was my first FIS races in Europe so it was good to start it off with a win and to get a second-place result.”