26 July 2018

Audi quattro Winter Games NZ July 2018

Big names just keep rolling in 

With under five weeks to go till the 2018 Audi quattro Winter Games open, the world’s best names are confirming their entries for the FIS World Cup Big Air and the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships. Check them out below…

Anna Gasser

Olympic Gold Medallist in Snowboard Big Air Anna Gasser has confirmed she will be competing at our World Cup. Anna is currently Number 1 on the FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air ranking and 1st on WSPL Big Air list – get ready to watch her rip it up this August!

Birk Ruud

World Number 1 on the AFP Big Air list Norwegian Birk Ruud has also entered our FIS World Cup Big Air and the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski Big Air and Slopestyle!  Keep an eye out, this X Games Norway Big Air Winner is coming to NZ and he is only 18.
Dara Howell
Canadian Slopestyle skier and Olympic Gold Medallist Dara Howell will be showing off her moves. She is currently ranked Number 5 on FIS Big Air.

Kexin Zhang

Chinese Halfpipe star Kexin Zhang will compete in the FIS Junior Freeski Halfpipe event. The 16 year old is FIS World Number 3 in the Halfpipe and 9th on the AFP ranking. She will be looking to dominate this event as we head towards Bejing 2022.

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand 

ABM is coming down! The crowd favourite Bronze Medallist in Slopestyle at this year’s Olympic Winter Games, Canadian skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand is heading our way this August. We are looking forward to seeing him in action at our FIS Big Air World Cup showdown.

James Woods 

British Freeskier James “Woodsy” Woods has confirmed he will be pushing for another Winter Games NZ Gold this season with his entry to the FIS World Cup Big Air. With 8 World Cup medals to his name and plenty from past Games, this guy will be one to watch.

Breaking news from the IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that Freeski Big Air (men and women) will be one of seven new disciplines added to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games programme. This means that we will host the first FIS Freeski Big Air World Cup event as an Olympic discipline.Freeski Big Air is an exciting event and will appeal equally to athletes and spectators. This IOC announcement will also ensure that the field that for our event in September should be of really high quality and New Zealand Freeski athletes also have a history of success in the Big Air event. Winter Games NZ Ambassador Jossi Wells and his brother Jackson have both claimed X-Games Bronze medals in this discipline.

Snowboard Big Air elevates to Elite level

Snowboarders Alert! Our FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup is now sanctioned at World Snowboard Elite Level by the World Snowboard Federation. This is the highest level there is and allows riders to earn points towards their World Snowboard Points rank. Just another great reason to come and compete at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ!