6 Feb 2014

Slopestyle kicks off Sochi Games for NZ

6:38 am on 6 February 2014

Conditions look perfect for day one of competition at the Winter Olympic Games as four New Zealand snowboarders begin this country's campaign late tonight.

Blue skies and still conditions in the Caucasus Mountains will greet the slopestyle team of Christy Prior, Shelley Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton and Rebecca 'Possum' Torr.

Head coach Tom Willmott says the women are well prepared and, while each athlete is guaranteed to go on in competition which gets underway before the official opening of the Olympic Games on Friday, the women must assess the value of a direct run to the finals.

All competitors will advance beyond the first round and the top four in each heat will be awarded direct entry into the finals.