Audi qu­at­tro Win­ter Games NZ 2015 – the world is watch­ing!

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With just over a week to go be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony, all eyes are on the South­ern Alps for Audi qu­at­tro Win­ter Games NZ 2015. And it’s all free to watch! The fourth edi­tion of the Games runs from Fri­day 21 to Sun­day 30 Au­gust and will fea­ture more than 600 ath­letes from 30 coun­tries com­pet­ing in 15 events.

High­lights in­clude the first FIS World Cups of the sea­son – half­pipe and slopestyle for both snow­board­ing and freeski­ing.

The best in the world will be at Cardrona in­clud­ing Sochi Olympic gold medal­lists Iouri Pod­ladtchikov from Switzer­land (snow­board half­pipe) and Amer­i­can Joss Christensen (freeski slopestyle) plus Kelly Clark (USA) – the most suc­cess­ful snow­boarder of all time, man or woman, with two Olympic half­pipe golds and five Win­ter X Games ti­tles.

Home-grown tal­ent in­cludes the four Wells broth­ers – Jossi, By­ron, Beau-James and 16-year-old Jack­son.

They will be joined in the half­pipe com­pe­ti­tion by cur­rent women’s world num­ber two, Jan­ina Kuzma while Christy Prior heads the Kiwi snow­board en­tries with a cur­rent world rank­ing of fifth in slopestyle.

All alpine ski races take place over the Crown Range at Coronet Peak.

Sit-ski world cham­pion, Corey Peters will be look­ing to per­form well on home snow in the IPC Adap­tive races as will 2010 Win­ter Par­a­lympic gold medal­list, Adam Hall.

The NZ alpine team com­petes in two FIS Con­ti­nen­tal Cup races with Sochi Olympian

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