Day 16, the day of the Trans-Tasman Challenge and FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe Finals, which took place last Saturday at Queenstown Ice Arena and Cardrona Alpine Resort respectively, marked the end of QRC Winter Games NZ 2019, fuelled by Forsyth Barr.
Participants of the Freeski World Cup Halfpipe Mens Finals included two-time reigning world champion Aaron Blunck from USA, 2018/19 halfpipe crystal globe winner Simon D’Artois from Canada and Wānaka’s own Miguel Porteous – who all contributed to the formation of a ‘spectacular showdown’.
Bingqiang Mao and Eileen Gu of China emerged as the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Finals.
“It feels incredible,” said Gu. “This is my halfpipe World Cup podium, it’s also my first halfpipe World Cup ever. This is way more than I could ever have expected and I’m super happy with how I performed today.”
Kiwi Miguel Porteous took a heavy crash on his first run and therefore did not start his second or third runs but thankfully sidestepped major injury.
On the back of their game one success, the New Zealand Ice Blacks gained the Trans-Tasman Challenge Cup presented by Queenstown Resort College with a 5-3 victory over the Australia Mighty Roos.
Find full results and highlights from the event at wintergamesnz.kiwi.