With the dust barely settled on the largest snow sports event ever seen in New Zealand, the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 has been hailed as the best World Cup event on the international circuit by leading governing body officials.
The Federation International de Ski (FIS) sanctions all World Cup events around the globe, including the six that made up this year’s Winter Games NZ. FIS Race Director, Roberto Moresi of Italy, said this year’s event delivered the best World Cup events in the world saying it was the best organised event overall, delivered by “totally competent and friendly local officials who work as an amazing team” and with excellent facilities. He also added that Winter Games NZ CEO, Arthur Klap, “does an incredibly good job”.
This opinion was backed up by FIS Technical Delegate, Peter Krogoll (Germany) who said the event was “flawless” and the Swedish coach, Patrick Nyberg, who declared Winter Games NZ “the best World Cup the team has ever been to”.
At the Closing Ceremony in Lake Wanaka, Head Coach of the US Olympic Snowboarding and Freeskiing Teams, Mike Jankowski, said the United States team loves coming to Wanaka and competing and training at Cardrona. “The people are so friendly and welcoming, it’s a beautiful area and we love the competitions. The organisers run a great World Cup for our athletes and we plan to come back for further training.” Jankowski was accepting the Winter Games NZ Nations Cup following the US topping the medal table during the Games.
Arthur Klap is delighted the feedback to the Games is so positive. “As an organising team we’ve had to work exceptionally hard through these Games to deliver the best events that we could so it is especially pleasing to get such glowing reviews from the FIS officials here at the Games,” he said. “It gives us the confidence to now move into the planning phase for 2015 and 2017 and lift the quality and profile of the Games even further.”
Winter Games NZ 2013 took place from 15-25 August at Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm, along with the Maniototo Curling International Rink, involving over 750 of the world’s elite winter sports athletes. Set against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Games also included a full Downtown Sessions festival programme featuring films, live music and entertainment in Queenstown and Lake Wanaka.