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Top spot for freeskier

Cardrona-based freeskier Jan­ina Kuzma fin­ished sec­ond in the FIS Freeski World Cup tour in France last week. Canada’s Cassie Sharpe won the half­pipe World Cup fi­nal in Tignes, France, while the runnerup spot went to Ayane Onozuka, of Ja­pan. Kuzma, de­spite a hand­ful of er­rors, said she was pleased with her sea­son’s per­for­mance over­all but she was dis­ap­pointed on the night. She said she was train­ing for the next tour at the Win­ter Games in New Zealand dur­ing Au­gust.

Dun­can’s de­but daz­zles

Queen­stown-based snow­boarder Dun­can Camp­bell, 18, made a suc­cess­ful World Cup de­but, fin­ish­ing 10th in the men’s snow­board cross at the first race of the World Cup tour in Switzer­land. The teenager was one of the youngest com­peti­tors in the 60-com­peti­tor field. ‘‘Af­ter a cou­ple of passes and a cou­ple of seized op­por­tu­ni­ties I ended up tak­ing 10th, I’m so stoked. I’m happy that I rode well but there are a lot of things to learn from,’’ Camp­bell said.

North­burn com­peti­tors show sup­port

The North­burn 100 Ul­tra Marathon gets un­der way on Satur­day with 65 com­peti­tors hav­ing en­tered the 50-kilo­me­tre race, in­clud­ing pre­vi­ous win­ners of the 100-mile event. The 100-mile event was can­celled this year while a WorkSafe NZ in­ves­ti­ga­tion was tak­ing place on the prop­erty fol­low­ing the death of a farm worker on the sta­tion last year. There was also a half marathon and kids’ adventure run on the day, with a bar­be­cue put on by the Gold­fields Pri­mary School whanau group, he said. Reg­is­tra­tions for the 50km would be open un­til Fri­day at North­burn Sta­tion, oth­er­wise peo­ple com­pet­ing in the other events could reg­is­ter on race day.

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