Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Piera Hudson and Willis Feasey Crowned National GS Champs

Media Release

Piera Hudson and Willis Feasey Crowned National GS Champs

18 August, 2014

Queenstown, New Zealand (17 August 2014) – Blue skies, sunshine and hard packed powder greeted racers today for day one of the New Zealand Alpine National Championships & Coronet Cup hosted by Coronet Peak, the official ski area partner of the New Zealand Alpine Ski Team.

The National Championship Giant Slalom (GS) was the first event on the four-day schedule with the course set on the Outwide run.

Piera Hudson (Hawke’s Bay/Wanaka) was the first of the New Zealanders to take to the course, wearing bib four in a field of 25. Describing her own first run as ‘so-so’ and despite a few minor mistakes, Piera was nevertheless pleased to finish run one the fastest of the New Zealand women in 51.60s, behind leader Kristin Lysdahl of Norway in 50.16.

Skiing a little too conservatively for her own liking, Eliza Grigg (Canterbury) was the second fastest of the New Zealand women after run one in a time of 52.36s. First year FIS (International Ski Federation) racer Elizabeth Reid (Invercargill) was happy to make it safely through her first run, posting a time of 53.57s to put her in third place for New Zealand.

Nick Prebble (Christchurch) opened the racing in the 73-strong men’s field and posted a competitive time of 49.99 which would see him sitting as the second placed New Zealander by the end of the first run. Willis Feasey (Twizel) was the fastest New Zealand male on the first run and fourth overall with a time of 49.27s behind leader Mike Engel of the US in 48.93s. “I’m really happy with my first run but the job’s only half done,” commented Willis after his first run. Defending National GS Champion Adam Barwood (Queenstown) posted a time of 50.66 to see him placed third New Zealand male after run one.“I’m not super happy with my run,” he commented. “I need to be more aggressive with my second run.” Run two got underway after a course reset with the fastest racers from run one last to take the course.

Determined to put her demons to rest having crashed out in the GS at National Champs for the past two years, Piera Hudson attacked her second run and finished with the national title under her belt in an overall time of 1:43.13s, putting her in fifth place overall.

“I’m really happy to take the national title,” she enthused after her race. “In the past I’ve been too focused on winning and it hasn’t paid off. Today I just treated it like any other race, just focused on my skiing and trusted that the results would come.”

Women’s podium placing went to Poland’s Sabina Majerczyk (1:40.34s), Norway’s Kristin Anna Lysdahl (1:40.97s) and Britain’s Charlotte Guest (1:41.26s).

Eliza Grigg (1:44.52s) and Elizabeth Reid (1:46.46) held their form for the second run finishing the day in second and third place respectively for the National Championship rankings and 10th and 13th respectively overall.

Looking to ski a more aggressive run the second time around Adam Barwood improved his time on run two but not enough to defend his title. He finished as the second placed second placed New Zealander and 12th overall with his time of 1:40.31s.

The men’s National Championship title went to a very happy Willis Feasey in a time of 1:39.46s, sixth overall.

“I made a few mistakes and slowed down a lot on the flat section but I’m still really happy, it’s always good to win a national title.”

Nick Prebble rounded out the New Zealand men’s podium for third place with a time of 1:40.63s, 14th overall.

The USA’s Jared Goldberg finished the day with the fastest overall time of 1:38.31s with Adam Zampa (SVK) in second place on 1:38.38 and Mark Engel in third on 1:38.58.

Racing continues at Coronet Peak tomorrow with the Coronet Cup Giant Slalom.

About Snow Sports NZ

We are the national sporting organisation representing the interests of adaptive snowsports, alpine ski racing, cross country skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding.
Our mission is to lead and support the success of competitive snow sports in New Zealand. Unashamedly, our vision is to be New Zealand’s most inspirational, innovative, exciting and fun sport.

For further information about us go to http://www.snowsports.co.nz/

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news