The New Zealand Olympic Winter Team in Sochi is shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of talented Arrowtown snowboarder, Hamish Bagley.

Bagley was a member of the New Zealand Team to the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 2012 and had been working towards qualification for the Sochi Olympic Games as a member of the official long list.

Olympic Team Chef de Mission Pete Wardell said the team was advised of the news this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Hamish at this sad time. He was a bright and talented young man who made a positive contribution to winter sport in New Zealand. He will be sorely missed.  

New Zealand athletes and support staff in Sochi will gather together later today to acknowledge the snowboarder and the role he played in their close-knit community. 

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