The second edition of the 100% Pure New Zealand
Winter Games will take place next year between 13 and 28 August
2011. The Winter Games event is expected to attract over 1,000
elite international athletes to New Zealand.
"Expanding on the successful inaugural event in
2009, the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games will feature 16 days
of snow and ice sports competition," said Winter Games NZ chairman,
Sir Eion Edgar. "Planning is already well advanced
and with the success of this year’s Junior World Championships the organisers expect even bigger and more competitive fields next
The 2009 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games' importance on the elite snow sports calendar was
confirmed, not only by the significant field it attracted, but by
the number of competitors who went on to win medals at the Winter
Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver.
and 10 Olympic medallists competed at the Winter Games, including
the entire men’s snowboard halfpipe podium.
For 2011 the programme has been expanded with the inclusion of two
new sports, and a new location.
Mt Hutt Ski Area - in the
Christchurch - Canterbury region - will host the Super G and
Adaptive Super G alpine skiing events. The remaining alpine skiing
events will stay at Coronet Peak, in Queenstown.
which will provide the ice sports centre, will see an increase in
events with the inclusion of speed skating. In addition, the ice
hockey tournament will feature four international teams in a round
robin play-off, and figure skating at the games opening.
The ice programme will be rounded out by the curling programme in
Naseby, Maniototo which has been extended to include mixed pairs.
Another new addition is the Winter
Triathlon at Snow Farm near Wanaka, which was a demonstration
event at the 2009 Winter Games. Snow Farm will also host the
adaptive and able-bodied cross-country.
Resort near Lake Wanaka will host the free ski and snowboard
halfpipe and big air events, together with the snowboard cross and
ski cross racing. Freeski and snowboard slopestyle will take place
cross the valley at Snow Park NZ.
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