Today was the first day of competition for team kiwi! Snowboarder Hamish Bagley got the snow rolling this morning on the half-pipe. Hamish had a best score of 64.75 points and has qualified for the semi-finals tomorrow. Up on Patscherkofel mountain, the first event of the alpine skiing, Super-G, took place. Harry Izzard-Price finished 31st out of a field of 55 and flew down the mountain with a time of 1.09.52, while Piera Hudson finished 17th in a strong field of 35 athletes. Beau-James Wells blew the field away today up at Kuhtai and finished at the top of the field in the free-style skiing halfpipe competition, qualifying for the finals tomorrow. Beau`s best run scored 82.5 points, and the nearest competitor, had a best score of 76.5! Samantha Poots just missed out on the final by one point, placing 7th out of a field of 10. Our curlers put up a valiant effort but lost their opening morning match to Switzerland 6-2. Coach Liz Matthews said that the score did not reflect the game, and it took the team a while to get used to the ice. Their second match of the day against the USA also proved difficult and our curlers lost 10-2. However spirits are still high in the curling camp! Tonight athletes at the Youth Olympic Games had the honour of meeting three phenomenal Olympians; Yuna Kim (Figure skating), Alexander Popov (swimming) and Stephane Lambiel (figure skating) at the Congress Centre in Innsbruck. Our own Barbara Kendall is also an athlete role model selected by the IOC. These role models will take part in many of the Culture and Education Program Workshops and offer our athletes guidance and encouragement. Keep checking our facebook page for the daily updates and photos.
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