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Snowboarding News | Thursday August 25, 2011 | Shared By: Victoria Murray-Orr

LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (24 August, 2011) – Day 12 of the 100% Pure New Zealand
Winter Games
saw many of the world’s best snowboarders hit the Big Air at
Cardrona Alpine Resort with Canada’s Maxence Parrot and Germany’s Silvia
Mittermueller
taking the gold.



Winds picked up in the morning, delaying the competition but in the end mother nature
cooperated and it was all go with a small but strong field competing for this
year’s Winter Games NZ titles. 
With the delay the format was changed and competitors went straight to a
three run final with the best two different jumps counted.



Everyone including the judges was happy to see the conditions improved.  “We saw some good tricks,” said Iztok
Sumatic, head judge  “The wind
didn’t the affect the level of the tricks from the top competitors but it
probably did affect the size of the field with some of the less experienced
riders opting out today.”



In his first season of competing at an international level, Parrot is making his
mark.  Today’s backside double cork
1080 and 1260 mute grab were executed well and the difficulty was at the
highest level.  “Max showed a lot
of style today.  If he keeps
training hard he will go far,” said Sumatic.   This is Parrot’s second Winter Games podium having
taken bronze in the slopestyle on Sunday.



Parrot who is in New Zealand for his first time was grinning ear to ear.  “It’s fantastic to be here,” he
said.  “New Zealand is a super
country and not at all like the area I come from in Canada where the tallest
things are the buildings, not the mountains.  I’ll definitely be back next year.”



Second place went to Canada’s Antoine Truchon with a frontside 1080 tailgrab and a
switch backside double cork 1080 mute grab.  “While he touched on his landing, the trick was technical
enough to earn him a spot on the podium,” said Sumatic.



Rounding out the men’s podium was New Zealand’s own Milu Multhaup-Appleton another
relative newcomer to the international competitions who in his first year of
competition at this level placed second in slopestyle at a World Cup in
Barcelona.



“Milu’s cab 900 melon and frontside 900 tailgrab were really well executed,” said judge
Ste’en Webster.  “He showed nice
amplitude and stomped his landings. 
It’s great to see a Milu doing well at this level of competition, he is
showing good promise.”



“I’m feeling really good,” said Appleton. 
“I’m glad the wind decided to die down.  There was a bit of a tail wind on my first jump so I got
some major amplitude, the landing was great.   This is a great event, I’ve really enjoyed it.  It’s nice to have a serries of
international events to compete in all here in New Zealand.”



After a challenging season with a dislocated elbow followed by a rolled ankle,
Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller was happy to turn a page today taking the top
spot amongst the women.



Mittermueller attributed her success today in part to a desire to avoid hitting the knuckle
and further injuring her ankle.  “I
knew I had to go big today to avoid injury,” she said.  “After a series of injuries and some
bad luck I am really happy with today’s results and hope I’ve shown the German
national team selectors that I’m capable.”  Silvia also has her sites set on competing in the new
Olympic discipline of slopestyle in 2014.



“Silvia was a surprise,” said Sumatic.  
“During the practice she was only doing straight airs but when it came
to the competition she boosted out with a lovely switch backside 180 mute grab
followed by a frontside 360 tailgrab which was also performed very well, with
big amplitude.”



New Zealand’s Abby Lockhart and Shelly Gotlieb placed second and third
respectively.



Lockhart said that after taking time away from serious competition the inclusion of
slopestyle as an Olympic discipline and the additional funding that will be
available to New Zealand athletes has prompted her to refocus on
competition.   “This is a
trial year,” she said.  “If it all
goes well then I hope to be named to the slopestyle team so that I can afford
to compete at the level I need to get to the Olympics.”



“Abby rode really well putting down two good jumps, a backside 360 melon grab and a
backside 180 melon,” said Webster. 
“It’s good to see her stepping up her game.”



“Shelly landed her first backside 360 tailgrab but fell on her two subsequent attempts
at a backside 540 leaving her in third place,” said Sumatic.



Those seeking full results can log on to http://wintergamesnz.com/results/
FEATURED: Abby Lockhart | Antoine Truchon | Maxence Parrot | Milu Multhaup Appleton | Shelly Gotlieb | Silvia Mittermuller |