Elite champs camp on Cardrona slopes

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

Most ski fields have wrapped up the sea­son, but Cardrona has hosted some of the world’s lead­ing ath­letes for a pro­gres­sion spring camp.

About 150 elite in­ter­na­tional ath­letes and their coaches have been mas­ter­ing their tech­niques at Cardrona Alpine Re­sort’s pri­vate camp for slopestyle, half­pipe and big air.

Twelve-year-old Amer­i­can freeskier Troy Pod­mil­sak broke a world record dur­ing the camp prac­tice, be­com­ing the youngest skier to land a triple cork 1440.

He broke the record claimed only a month ago on an 85ft jump by 14-year-old Kiwi, Nico Por­te­ous.

Win­ter X Games gold medal­list freeskier Jossi Wells landed a new trick too - his first triple cork 1620.

Amer­i­can ath­letes Shaun White, Danny Davis, Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark were train­ing for the Pyeongchang Win­ter Olympic snow­board half pipe event.

X Games gold medal­list Danny Davis said he had a blast spend­ing long days rid­ing in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘Hav­ing a chair­lift run­ning has been key, some­days we’ve been out un­til 4pm.

‘‘The park staff have been great work­ing with a pipe in warm weather. We got re­ally lucky with fresh snow too,’’ Davis said.

The spring camp will wrap up by Sun­day, with the sum­mer sea­son of moun­tain bik­ing start­ing on De­cem­ber 27.

South­ern Lakes Mul­tisport Club pres­i­dent Dar­ren Clay, of Lake Hawea, with the four maps es­sen­tial to the club’s 24 and 12 hour race from Al­bert Town on Novem­ber 11-12.

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