Proud moment: Quenstown ski racer Alice Robinson's been named a New Zealand flag bearer for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing. PICTURE: GETTY


QUEENSTOWNER Alice Robinson will carry the New Zealand flag into tomorrow morning’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing.

Robinson and Finn Bilous were announced as flag bearers by Chef de Mission Marty Toomey in China yesterday, saying the pair “embody the spirit and mana of our Olympic team”.

“They are great athletes who are trailblazers for their sports in NZ and role models for aspiring Kiwi athletes.”

In a Facebook live with The NZ Team last night (NZ time), Robinson said it was a “huge honour” and she felt “really grateful and really privileged to be the one leading the team and joining such a great legacy of amazing athletes” who’ve been flag bearers before her.

“I told the family, they were all super-excited for me and, I think, really looking forward to watching it on TV [tonight].”

Robinson says the slopes in Beijing “look great” and what’s been built is impressive.

“So [I’m] really settling in and really looking forward to the competition getting underway.”

On behalf of the NZ athletes, Robinson thanked their supporters for all the ‘good luck’ messages.

“We … hope to do you all proud come competition day.”

The official opening ceremony’s being shown on Sky Sport and Prime, due to start just after midnight tonight, NZ time.

Queenstown’s got three Olympians in action over the next few days, including Robinson:

  • Cool Wakushima’s competing in the women’s snowboard slopestyle qualifing, tomorrow from 3.40pm, with finals on Sunday from 2.30pm.
  • Tiarn Collins is in the men’s snowboard slopestyle qualifing on Sunday from 5.30pm, finals for that event are on Monday from 5.30pm
  • Robinson will compete in the women’s giant slalom qualifying on Monday from 3.15pm, with finals at 6.45pm.