Prior finishes in style
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.