Wānaka’s Nico Porteous Takes Gold in Beijing

Nico Porteous has dropped the curtain on New Zealand’s greatest Winter Games, overcoming the elements and a field of established champions to win the Olympic freeski halfpipe title, Bryan Armen Graham writes for The Guardian.

The 20-year-old from Wānaka soared and spun to New Zealand’s second gold medal at a Winter Olympics, two weeks to the day after Zoi Sadowski-Synnott’s history-making first, Graham writes.

Remarkably, only 12 of the 91 nations competing here have managed to win more golds than two New Zealand athletes from a tiny lakeside hamlet. “We both come from a town of ten thousand people and skiing and snowboarding is our passion,” Porteous said.

“We just absolutely love it. When Zoi won her gold in slopestyle it was such a motivational moment for myself. I really, really, really wanted it, and that just made me put my head down and really work hard.”

Original article by Bryan Armen Graham, The Observer, February 19, 2022.

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One Point Closer to Hall of Fame for Lydia Ko

One Point Closer to Hall of Fame for Lydia Ko

New Zealander Lydia Ko has started her new season in style with victory at Florida’s Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on the LPGA Tour, Mike Hall reports for the UK…