New Zealand’s elite winter athletes have their eyes firmly fixed on Beijing, with today (October 27th) marking 100 days until the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
Beijing 2022 will be held from February 4th-20th, with almost three-thousand athletes from around the globe to compete at the Games.
New Zealand Team preparations are well underway with five athletes conditionally named to the team and further snow sports and ice athletes working towards selection in the coming months.
Chef de Mission Marty Toomey says the 100-day milestone will spur on our athletes.
“The 100-day mark is where the rubber really hits the road and training and preparation step up a notch," said Toomey.
"We’re excited to be entering the 100-day countdown to the Games and the overall potential of our team"
Toomey says NZ Team athletes will now be looking to test themselves in international competitions as they prepare for the Winter Olympic Games.
“We saw Alice Robinson in action at the Giant Slalom World Cup in Sölden on the weekend and we’ll see further snow and ice athletes in action in the coming weeks.
"We wish athletes all the best as they train and compete during this critical period of their Olympic build-up."
Freeski big air and slopestyle athlete Margaux Hackett has just finished her New Zealand season as she prepares for her first Winter Olympic Games.
“I’ve had a pretty good season here in Aotearoa and am really looking forward to Beijing,” said Hackett.
"It's go time for us now and I'm heading to Europe shortly where I'll be competing and getting in as much snow time as possible before pulling on the fern and competing in Beijing."
Beijing 2022 follows the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games which were New Zealand’s most successful Winter Olympic Games. New Zealand Team athletes Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott each won a bronze medal, while their teammates recorded three fourths, a fifth and six Olympic Diploma (top eight finish) respectively over 17 days and 35 events.
The athletes conditionally named to the New Zealand Team for Beijing 2022 already are; Finn Bilous (21, freeski slopestyle and big air), Margaux Hackett (22, freeski slopestyle and big air), Nico Porteous (19, freeski halfpipe), Alice Robinson (19, alpine ski racing giant slalom) and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (20, snowboard slopestyle and big air).