Olympians rise to the oc­ca­sion with top 10 plac­ings

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

With five top 10 fin­ishes at the 2014 Win­ter Olympics, the New Zealand team’s cam­paign at games in Rus­sia has been hailed a suc­cess.

Wanaka freeskier Jan­ina Kuzma rounded off the team’s top 10 re­sults, plac­ing fifth in the Women’s Freeski Half­pipe event on Fri­day.

Qual­i­fy­ing in eighth place, she showed no fear, im­prov­ing three places in the fi­nal.

Wanaka freeskiers Jossi Wells, Beau-James Wells and Lyn­don Shee­han all made the fi­nals of the Men’s Freeski Half Pipe, fin­ish­ing fourth, sixth and ninth re­spec­tively.

Wells’ fourth place was New Zealand’s best re­sult at the Win­ter Olympics since An­nelise Coberger won sil­ver in Slalom in France in 1992; a Games that also saw fourth place fin­ishes for the Kiwi 5000m speed skat­ing re­lay team and short track speed skater Mike McMillen.

Snow Sports New Zealand win­ter per­for­mance pro­gramme di­rec­tor Ash­ley Light, of Wanaka, said it was a ‘‘phenom­e­nal re­sult’’.

Beau-James also proved what a ‘‘ dark horse’’ he was and showed that he was an amaz­ing skier and Shee­han had done well to fin­ish in the top 10 de­spite be­ing in­jured, Mr Light said.

Queen­stown’s Adam Bar­wood fin­ished 25th in the Men’s Slalom where only 45 of the 115 ath­letes suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing both runs. It was a per­sonal best him and the 10thbest re­sult for a New Zealand ski racer at the Olympics.

Ear­lier in the week he fin­ished 44th in the gi­ant slalom.

Go­ing down: Adam Bar­wood, of Queen­stown, com­petes in the Men’s Slalom at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics.

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