Prior fin­ishes in style

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New Zealand snow­boarder Christy Prior has done the coun­try proud, fin­ish­ing on the podium in an in­ter­na­tional slopestyle event as part of the Bur­ton High Fives in Cardrona.

Prior placed third in the event, be­hind United States and Sochi Win­ter Olympics gold medal­list Jamie An­der­son, who won, and Miyabi Onit­suka, of Ja­pan, who placed sec­ond.

The event, the third an­nual Bur­ton High Fives, wrapped up on Fri­day at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort and more than 60 of the world’s top snow­board­ers took part.

Prior was the only mem­ber of the six-strong New Zealand team to make a podium fin­ish.

She also earned a $615 cash prize for per­form­ing the most im­pres­sive and stylish trick through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, a cab five un­der flip.

In the men’s slopestyle event, Emil Ul­slet­ten, of Norway, placed first, Darcy Sharpe, of Canada, was sec­ond and Yuki Kadono, of Ja­pan, placed third.

United States half­pipe pro Chloe Kim, at the youth­ful age of 14, was able to out­class the other com­peti­tors to take the top spot in the women’s half­pipe sec­tion.

Xue­tong Cai, of China, placed sec­ond, and Hikaru Ooe, of Ja­pan, placed third.

Yi­wei Zhang, of China won the men’s half­pipe sec­tion with Sea­mus O’Con­nor, of Ire­land, sec­ond and Nathan Johnstone, of Aus­tralia, third.

Top form: New Zealand snow­boarder Christy Prior took home the prize for the most im­pres­sive and stylish trick with a cab five un­der flip and placed third in the women’s slopestyle event at the Bur­ton High Fives at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort last week. In­set: Christy Roberts com­petes in the women’s slopestyle event at the Bur­ton High Fives at Cardrona, last week.

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