Expect an influx of the world’s most elite snowsports athletes in New Zealand come August 15. The Winter Games NZ is the Southern Hemisphere pre-cursor to Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and some last minute opportunities for athletes to score precious FIS points.
Organisers announced seven world cup events at the launch of the games program today. FIS World Cup events will be held for both snowboarding and freeskiing in slopestyle and halfpipe as well as two IPC World Cup events for adaptive alpine slalom and IPC Para-snowboard.
Halfpipe will be at Cardrona and slopestyle across the valley at Snow Park NZ. Rumours already abound of snowboarders Torah Bright, Shaun White and Kelly Clarke and slopestylers Kaya Turski, Anna Segal and Russ Henshaw all hitting the New Zealand Alps for the Winter Games NZ.
For the first time, Winter Games NZ will work with IMG Media, part of IMG Worldwide to secure TV coverage for a hoped for twenty five targeted countries in the form of fourteen daily twenty-two minute highlight shows and one fifty two minute official film and daily video news releases. Expected audience? Over a billion homes.
Winter Games NZ 2013 takes place over 11-days from 15-25 August.
Will you be watching the Winter Games NZ? Who would you like to see compete?