New Zealand to field biggest ever Winter Olympics team at PyeongChang

Sixteen-year-old alpine ski racer Alice Robinson headlines the five new athletes added to the team.
Sixteen-year-old alpine ski racer Alice Robinson headlines the five new athletes added to the team. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand will field it's biggest ever team at  the PyeongChang 2018  Winter Olympics  following the addition of five more athletes to the squad.

The additions take the total number of athletes to 21, making it New Zealand's largest ever Winter Games team.

New Zealand's previous largest Olympic Winter Team was 18 at Torino, Italy 2006.

Sixteen-year-old alpine ski racer Alice Robinson headlines the five new athletes added to the team who will compete in South Korea next month.

She will become New Zealand's youngest winter Olympian, born eight days after freeskier teammate, Nico Porteous.

"I am feeling extremely honoured and grateful for being selected into the New Zealand team for the upcoming games," she said.

"I am so happy to be given this opportunity and am super-excited to be competing in my first games so young. Starting my first year of FIS (open grade racing) this season, the idea of the Olympics seemed like a long shot, so I am so happy that my results over the past six months paid off and gave me a spot on the team.

"When I think back to the start of the year I wouldn't have thought that I would be selected, it's a dream come true."

Adam Barwood at the 2014 Olympics.
Adam Barwood at the 2014 Olympics. Photo credit: Photosport

Robinson will be joined by fellow New Zealand alpine ski team members Adam Barwood (25) and Willis Feasey (25). Barwood also represented New Zealand at the 2014 Sochi Games. Alice will compete in Slalom and Giant Slalom while Adam and Willis will compete in the men's Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G.

Freeski halfpipe athlete Britt Hawes (27) and snowboard cross racer Duncan Campbell (21) complete the team.

New Zealand has only ever won one medal at the Winter Olympics - Annelise Coberger bringing home silver at Albertville in 1992.

The Olympic Winter Games will take place between February 9-25.

NZ 2018 Winter Olympics team:

Men: Adam Barwood (giant slalom, slalom, Super-G), Finn Bilous (freeski slopestyle), Duncan Campbell (snowboardcross), Tiarn Collins (snowboard slopestyle, snowboard big air), Shane Dobbin (ice speed skating 10,000m), Carlos Garcia Knight (snowboard slopestyle, snowboard big air), Willis Feasey (giant slalom, slalom, Super-G), Reyon Kay (ice speed skating mass start and 1500m), Peter Michael (ice speed skating mass start, 5000m and 1500m), Miguel Porteous (freeski halfpipe), Nico Porteous (freeski halfpipe), Jamie Prebble (ski cross), Rakai Tai (snowboard halfpipe), Rhys Thornbury (skeleton), Beau-James Wells (freeski halfpipe), Jackson Wells (freeski slopestyle), Byron Wells (freeski halfpipe).       

Women: Britt Hawes (freeski halfpipe), Janina Kuzma (freeski halfpipe), Zoi Sadowski Synnott (snowboard slopestyle, snowboard big air), Alice Robinson (giant slalom, slalom).

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