Bronze medalists secure early spot for Winter Olympics

Olympic Winter Games bronze medalists Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous lead a group of five athletes named to the New Zealand squad to compete in next year’s Beijing Games.

Nico Porteous
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Sadowski-Synnott (snowboard and big air slopestyle) and Porteous (freeski halfpipe) are both reigning world champions and won bronze at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

They join three-time world champion and Olympian Alice Robinson (alpine ski giant slalom), PyeongChang Olympian Finn Bilous (freeski and big air slopestyle) and newcomer Margaux Hackett (freeski and big air slopestyle).

“I feel great in Beijing. I can’t wait to get there and do what I love and ski at my best,” Porteous said in today’s announcement.

Robinson recorded five World Cup podiums, including a victory in Solden’s 2019 season opener at just 17, making her the youngest woman of any country to win the race.

“I have grown a lot as a person and as an athlete over the past four years.

“PyeongChang has been a fantastic experience for me and I’ve learned a lot from it, I’ve made a lot of progress since then and I’m really looking forward to Beijing,” said Robinson.

Bilous and Hackett will both represent New Zealand in slopestyle freeskiing and compete in the big air freeski event, which makes its Olympic debut in Beijing.

Further Beijing 2022 selections will take place between October and January with other alpine, cross-country ski, freeski and snowboard athletes towards their qualification, as well as athletes in ice sports including speed skating, figure skating on ice, tobogganing and curling.

Today’s selections are conditional on obtaining an official quota place from the FIS (International Ski Federation) for the games.


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