Boarders and skiers optimistic at Olympics
Extreme courses and extreme crashes have all been part of the show at the 2014 Winter Olympics but things are only heating up for the New Zealand team members. Tonight at 11pm (New Zealand time) Rebecca ‘‘Bex’’ Sinclair, 22, will take centrestage as she competes in the Women’s Halfpipe qualification event at the games in Sochi, Russia. With some great finishes in competition leading up to the Olympics and it being her second time competing at the games, Bex is ‘‘feeling pretty good and strong’’ for tonight’s competition despite carrying injuries. Her mother Jane said
‘‘she has one trick that is still not quite up to where she would like it. But everything else has been going well. ‘‘The halfpipe has apparently been getting better every day. It’s a really steep pipe and quite narrow so Bex said it’s quite difficult to ride and quite technical. She thought that the riders will have to focus hard to ride the pipe well and be able to throw their top end tricks,’’ Mrs Sinclair said. Sinclair was expecting plenty of tough competition, none more so than from four-time Olympian American Kelly Clark, 30, a previous gold medal winner. Mrs Sinclair said she would be watching the competition in Wellington with close family and if Bex won a medal ‘‘we will be looking for a very big bottle of champagne’’. The action again steps up tomorrow for New Zealand with the Men’s Ski Slopestyle competition featuring Wanaka’s Jossi and Beau-James Wells. The ‘‘sketchy’’ slopestyle course has already deterred
Good form: Wanaka’s Beau-James Wells during a training session for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last week.