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NZ Skiers Send Early-Season Message In Northern Hemisphere (10-Dec-08)

LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand, December 10, 2008 - New Zealand’s top snow sports athletes


New Zealand’s top snow sports athletes have started their 2008-09 Northern Hemisphere campaign in strong fashion in the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Disabled alpine ski racer Adam Hall, 21, (Outram, Otago) and cross country skier Katie Calder, 28, (Tauranga) each posted strong results in their first races of the season, with Hall winning his first two races and Calder gaining valuable International Ski Federation (FIS) points in her bid to qualify for Vancouver.

Hall captured Gold in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom at the North American (NorAm) Cup at Copper Mountain, Colorado, while Calder, New Zealand’s top cross country skier, bagged a sub-100 FIS point performance in Goms Switzerland, Saturday, placing fifth in a Swiss Cup event to earn 96 FIS points.

Hall, who is on the New Zealand Adaptive Team and trains with the New Zealand Winter Performance Programme, is one of the highest ranked disabled ski racers in the world. He has now won nine of nine NorAm races he’s entered. In minus 20 degrees conditions, Hall led by 3.5 seconds in Slalom and a greater 5.5 seconds in the Giant Slalom.

“This year the competition was stiffer and the hill was also more challenging than last season,” said Hall. “I competed against members from the US ski team, Canadian ski team, Australian ski team and other provincial teams from around the states.”

Hall’s next races in the NorAm series are scheduled for next week on 18-19 December in Winter Park, Colorado. Hall then heads to Europe to start the World Cup circuit early next year.
Calder, who recently joined the New Zealand Cross Country team, also placed fourth in Sunday’s event, scoring 102 points. The performance increases Calder’s chances of achieving an Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard -- Olympic “A” qualifying standards require the average of an athlete’s five best performances to be under 100 points.

“Katie is right on track, and the season is only one week old,” said Alastair Smaill, head coach of the New Zealand Cross Country team.

Calder will be racing a World Cup sprint this weekend, 13-14 December, in Davos Switzerland, followed by a tough schedule of races almost every weekend through to late February, finishing off the season in Finland.


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