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Solid Performance From Kiwi Skier At Volkswagon National Ski Championships Super G At Coronet Peak (27-Aug-08)

Coronet Peak, NZ, August 27, 2008 - Twenty-one-year-old Volkswagen National Team member Tim Cafe

Twenty-one-year-old Volkswagen National Team member Tim Cafe (Queenstown) put in a solid performance in an international field, to finish second equal overall and win the national title, at the Volkswagen National Ski Championships Super G at Coronet Peak today.

Cafe and Olivier Jenot 20 from Monaco tied for second place in 1.10.38 behind winner Niklas Rainer 25 of Sweden who won the gold medal in 1.09.57. Fourth place went to Anton Lahdenperae 23 of Sweden in 1.10.71.

Cafe says it was a fantastic race. “The conditions were hard and fast and there was one particular gate you had to nail. But if you did that you made it. It is definitely a top Super G course.”

Volkswagen National Team member Janelle Miller 22 (Queenstown) retained her Super G title when she was first Kiwi in the women’s event, which was dominated by Swedish World Cup skiers. Miller was fifth overall clocking 1.15.45 in the challenging race which was won by Veronica Smed 19 in 1.12.34. Her Swedish team mates Maria Pietilae-Holmner 22 and Jessica Lindell-Vikarby 24 were second and third respectively in 1.12.55 and 1.14.31.

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Andrew Wylie 19 (Queenstown) of the Cardrona High Performance Centre and Nick Prebble 15 (Christchurch) of the National Development Team were second and third New Zealanders in 1.13.28 and 1.14.52. Alice Ralston 19 (Auckland) of the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team was second New Zealand woman in 1.16.28 followed by National Team member Sarah Jarvis 22 (Hamilton) in third place in 1.16.95.

The 1563m Super G had a vertical drop of 421m and was run as a test event for next year’s Winter Games New Zealand when a Continental Cup race will be held.

“It was an excellent race in very good conditions,” says Ski Racing New Zealand General Manager Simon Mills. “There were some pleasing results from the New Zealanders particularly Tim Cafe, Janelle Miller and younger athlete Nick Prebble who turned in a very good time on what was a tough and demanding course.”

Safety expert Bruce Hamstead of Lake Louise in Canada, who was brought to Coronet Peak to help train staff in safety techniques for the Super G, says it was the perfect test event for next year’s Winter Games, because they were able to iron out a number of issues, yet still hold an excellent race.

The Volkswagen National Ski Championships giant slalom will be held tomorrow (Friday August 29) followed by the national slalom (Saturday August 30) which is the first night slalom to be staged in New Zealand.

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