Date: 13th July 2011
It’s official! The 2014 Olympics in Sochi will be hosting two new events, men and women’s slopestyle events for BOTH skiing and snowboarding. AHH!! This is big news for New Zealand skiers, boarders and snow industry as a whole.
The International Olympic Committee met in South Africa and approved snowboard slopestyle and free-style skiing for the big games. This move has been in the cards since 1998 when the halfpipe made it’s Olympic debut.
This is BIG news for New Zealanders. Why? Because we’ve got the talent to fill the podium. New Zealand ladies Rebecca Torr, Shelly Gottlieb and Stefi Luxton are top internationally competing women on the snow. Wanaka’s hometown hero, freeskier and 2010 Overall World Champion Jossi Wells has plans to go for the gold in both halfpipe and slopestyle.
No doubt all this talent will bring eyes to New Zealand skiing and snowboarding. Good things for tourism and possibly put NZ on map for future winter Olympics???