29 Aug 2009

American, Swiss skiers take halfpipe titles at NZ Winter Games

3:45 pm on 29 August 2009

American skier Taylor Seaton has taken gold in the men's freeski halfpipe at the New Zealand Winter Games at Cardrona.

Lyndon Sheehan of Wanaka was the top Kiwi, flying into fifth place with a great first run and local favourite Jossi Wells, pulled out early into his first run, unable to overcome an earlier knee injury.

In the women's event, Swiss skier Mirjam Jaeger was a clear winner marking a successful return from injury.

Janina Kuzma of New Zealand was 5th place.

The New Zealand Winter Games concludes tomorrow, August 30, with the final day of figure skating at Dunedin plus a full day at Coronet Peak including men's and women's slalom, freeski and snowboard big air and the closing ceremony.