New Zealand Plans 2013 Winter Olympic Preview; Includes Five World Cups
The Winter Games NZ 2013 will be the largest international snow sports event ever held in in the Down Under nation. The Games are set for Aug. 12-25, 2013.
The Games will host at least five World Cups, the first single event outside the Winter Olympics to host that flurry of top-level competitions. The event will be a qualifier for the Winter Olympics to be held Feb. 5-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia and will cost more than $1 million to stage.
An estimated 1,000 elite international athletes, including Olympic and past World Cup gold medalists skiers and riders, are expected to compete. FIS World Cup events are scheduled in Snowboard Slopestyle; Snowboard Cross; Freestyle Ski Halfpipe; Freestyle Ski Slopestyle; and Snowboard Halfpipe. Three Super Continental Cups and sevens Continental Cups also will be held.
The Games will feature an adventure film festival, live music, and entertainment, in addition to the competition.
“The 2013 Winter Games will be a major step up from the previous two Winter Games. It is a bold move to go with five FIS World Cups and we are now waiting whether our two alpine ski racing events for the adaptive (disabled) skiers will also be World Cups,” says Winter Games’ CEO Arthur Klap.
The competition will be broadcast through a partnership with MediaWorks throughout the country on TV3 and on its radio stations.
Photo: New Zealand Winter Games 2011 Snowboard Cross