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Margaux Hackett and her father AJ speak on Sunday as the New Zealand Olympic Committee athletes will be selected for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
Freestyle skier Margaux Hackett will add another chapter to her family’s history when she competes in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Hackett, the 22-year-old daughter of Kiwi entrepreneur AJ Hackett, who marketed bungee jumping, will compete in her first Winter Olympics. She was one of five New Zealand athletes to be unveiled in the first group of selections on Sunday.
PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games bronze medalists and reigning world champions Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snowboard and big air slidestyle) and Nico Porteous (freeski halfpipe) were also named.
They join three-time World Cup winner and Olympian Alice Robinson (alpine ski giant slalom), PyeongChang Olympian Finn Bilous (freeski and big air slopestyle) and newcomer Hackett.
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Hackett will represent New Zealand in slopestyle freeskiing and compete in the big air freeski event.
She has numerous top 10 rankings at world class events including fifth in big air at X Games Norway 2020, eighth in slopestyle at X Games Norway 2020. In the 2019/20 season, she finished fourth both at the Big Air Freeskiing World Cup in Atlanta and at the Big Air Freeskiing World Cup in Beijing.
This season she finished eighth in the Freeski Slopestyle World Cup in Switzerland.
Hackett is based in Wanaka during the New Zealand winter and in Manigod, France during the northern hemisphere winter.
The first installment of athletes selected to represent New Zealand at Beijing 2022 have recorded a series of incredible results in recent seasons.
Sadowski-Synnott became the first female snowboarder to defend a FIS World Championship in slopestyle snowboarding when she retained her title in March.
She landed five more World Cup, X Games and World Championship podiums this Nordic season, including a gold medal at the Big Air World Cup in Kreischberg.
Porteous is the freeski halfpipe world champion and X Games Superpipe gold medalist.
Robinson was a member of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games team when she was just 16 years old. Since then, she has become New Zealand’s most successful female ski racer, blowing the alpine ski world with five FIS World Cup podiums, including her victory at the Season Open in SÃ¶lden in 2019 at just 17 years old, making her the youngest woman of all countries to win this race.
Bilous, PyeongChang 2018 Olympic athlete and 2018 New Zealand Winter Games big air bronze medalist, and Hackett will compete in the slopestyle freeski event and compete in the big air freeski event, which makes its mark. debut at the Beijing Olympics.
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.