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: wintergamesnz.kiwi
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