The kiwi team is in full swing with the fourth day of competition complete at the first ever Youth Olympic Games being held in Innsbruck, Austria. Chef de Mission Pete Wardell says the team members are having a ball, and most would be achieving or exceeding their goals they had set before Innsbruck. First up today was biathlete Olivia Thomson who competed in the 7.5km Pursuit, she hit 18 out of 20 shots during the competition and finished up 45th in her field. Coach (and father) Phil Thomson was very happy with her shooting. The conditions up at Seefeld were perfect and the youth team members very much enjoyed cheering Olivia on. The curlers (Luke Steele, Eleanor Adviento, David Weyer and Kelsi Heath) had a tough day of competition today with two hard games against Norway and Czech Republic. They lost both games 6-2 and 9-4 but spirits are still high for their game tomorrow against Korea. At the rink, ice hockey skills players Libby-Jean Hay and Callum Burns placed 8th and 4th respectively in the qualification round. These two will compete again in two days in the final. Youth Ambassador Sarah van Ballekom and athlete Harry Izard-Price went up to Nordkette today for a Mountain Awareness workshop as part of the Culture and Education Program. They both had a fantastic time and are now more educated about avalanches and had fun playing in the powder. The day concluded with a hearty Austrian dinner and many of the team members enjoyed a good old fashioned disco up at the athlete lounge.
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