World’s best at Win­ter Games


The big­gest name in snow sports has con­firmed his at­ten­dance at this year’s Win­ter Games NZ.

United States snow­board su­per­star Shaun White, or The Fly­ing To­mato as he is some­times known, will be in Queen­stown to com­pete in this year’s event start­ing Au­gust 25.

The 30-year-old has at­tended the event in pre­vi­ous years.

A 13-time X-Games gold medal­list and two-time Olympic cham­pion, White joins other well­known snow­board­ers in­clud­ing coun­try­woman, Olympic gold medal­list Kelly Clark and 2017 World Cham­pion, Aus­trian Anna Gasser.

Four-time alpine ski World Cup win­ner Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, is also set to race, while ris­ing Kiwi freeskier Nico Por­te­ous, 14, of Wanaka, will also com­pete. New Zealand’s most well-known skier, Jossi Wells, won’t make the start line due to in­jury.

The World Cham­pion Swiss curl­ing team will com­pete along­side Win­ter Games NZ de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Canada at the Man­iototo Ice Rink in Naseby.

Win­ter Games NZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Arthur Klap en­cour­aged the pub­lic to get along to events at Coronet Peak, The Re­mark­ables, Cardrona, Tre­ble Cone and Snow Farm.

Klap ex­pected tick­ets for the New Zealand-Aus­tralia ice hockey to sell out quickly. More info: win­


Wakatipu Premier’s 2017 Cen­tral Otago Premier cham­pi­ons on Satur­day.

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