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Volkswagen National Ski Championships Attract International Field (25-Aug-08)

Coronet Peak, NZ, August 26, 2008 - A high calibre international field is competing

A high calibre international field is competing alongside the cream of New Zealand’s ski racing at the Volkswagen National Ski Championships at Coronet Peak from Thursday August 28 – Saturday August 30.

Ski Racing New Zealand General Manager Simon Mills is delighted with the strength of the field.

“The international skiers include a number of highly ranked World Cup racers who will help showcase the National Championships. The races will also provide a good opportunity for our athletes to improve their world rankings.”

Competitors from Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Australia, Lichtenstein, Great Britain, Canada, Iceland, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Germany and Luxembourg will be in the start gates along with young New Zealanders chasing the 2008 national titles.

Prominent among the overseas athletes are members of the Swedish World Cup team including Markus Larsson, Andre Myhrer and Jens Byggmark, well known names on the international circuit. Sweden’s Jon Olsson, who is best known as an X Games medal winning freestyle skier, is also expected to perform well after taking out a giant slalom title at the Wanaka FIS series, earlier this season.

In the women’s field Therese Borssen of Sweden, Marina Nigg from Lichtenstein and Switzerland’s Sandra Gini are among those who will provide tough competition.

The Volkswagen National team will be on show during the three day event. Defending giant slalom and Super G title holder Ben Griffin 21 (Ohakune) is injured leaving the field open. Mark Bridgwater 22 (Christchurch) is defending his 2007 slalom title while Janelle Miller 22 (Queenstown) hopes to retain her Super G and slalom titles. 2007 giant slalom winner Michelle Greig 19 (Queenstown) will not be competing.

National Team members Tim Cafe 21 (Queenstown) and Angus Howden 27 (Wellington) along with Leighton Winsloe 19 (Cardrona High Performance Centre/Wanaka) are likely contenders for the men’s titles. Sarah Jarvis 22 (Hamilton), Alice Ralston 19 (Queenstown Alpine Ski Team/Auckland) and Lucie Tait-Jamieson 20 (Cardrona High Performance Centre/Auckland) along with Miller will be focused on the women’s championship titles.

This year’s Volkswagen National Ski Championships will stage a night slalom (Saturday August 30) for the first time in New Zealand.

“We are certainly looking forward to this event which hopefully will attract a lot of spectator interest as well,” says Mills. “We have had extra lighting installed at Coronet Peak and it should be quite spectacular.”

A Super G is also being held (Thursday August 28) for the first time at Coronet Peak. It will be a test race for next year’s Continental Cup Super G being staged as part of the Winter Games New Zealand.

The technically demanding course was homologated during the summer, and a safety specialist from Lake Louise in Canada has been at Coronet Peak this week, helping set up the course and training a local team in all safety aspects for the event.

The Super G requires more than three kilometres worth of safety netting which has been imported specifically for the race from France. More than 50 large scale crash pads have been made locally in Wanaka.

Racing begins with the Volkswagen National Super G on Thursday (August 28), giant slalom (Friday August 29) and slalom (Saturday August 30).

A function which will help raise funds for the National Team programme has been organised by the Snowvision Foundation and will be held at The Hills golf course on Friday evening (August 29).

“There has been an excellent response to the function and we are indebted to Snowvision for their invaluable support for our programme,” says Mills.

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