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February 2020, Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap 10 February

Dew Tour Wrap Up - Podium Places & Rookie of the Year!

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Nico Porteous has finished in third place in the men’s Freeski Superpipe at the Dew Tour in the USA.Competing in a 10-men final, athletes were allowed three runs each through the one-of-a kind ‘modified superpipe’ course. Nico’s first run initially had him sitting in first place, with highlights his double 1440 on the shark fin feature followed by back-to-back 1260s. Pushing to hold on to the top spot, Nico couldn’t stick the landings on his second and third runs.

It is Nico’s second podium finish of the 2020 Dew Tour, following a win by his team Atomic Skis in the Team Challenge on Thursday 6 February.

One of the youngest riders in the competition at 18-years-old Zoi, was named ‘Women’s Rookie of the Year’ at the annual Snowboarder magazine Awards held during the Dew Tour on Thursday evening.

Four medals for NZ at UCI Para Cycling World Championships

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The New Zealand Para Cycling Team of 8 Para cyclists returns to New Zealand last week with some considerable hand luggage – 1 rainbow jersey, 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals complemented by numerous personal best performances all with only 201 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The final day of racing saw the tandem pairing of Mitch Wilson and Jackson Ogle (sighted pilot) wrap up their second UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships with 7th in the Men’s Tandem Sprint.

Jones and Butcher claim bronze on final day of Oceania Championships

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Finn Butcher kept his Olympic dreams alive on a dramatic final day of the Oceania canoe slalom championships in Auckland last Monday.

Butcher finished third in the men’s K1, behind Australian Lucien Delfour and Michal Smolen (United States), but was crucially ahead of his New Zealand rivals Callum Gilbert, Zack Mutton and Jack Dangen in the race for Tokyo selection.

It sets up a grandstand selection finish at the Australian Open in Penrith in three weeks, with Butcher delighted with his recent form.