New Zealand team profiles
Kendall Brown (20), Snowboarder
Lives: Wanaka (born Dunedin).
Event: Halfpipe snowboarding became an Olympic sport in 1998.
Background: When Brown finished 24th at the 2006
Olympics, she was just 16 and New Zealand's youngest
She started snowboarding aged 11.
She won last weekend's Canadian Open, was 13th at the recent
Austrian World Cup and finished 17th at last year's Winter
Games World Cup halfpipe.
Chances: Brown has battled ongoing injuries during her
build-up to battle her way back into the New Zealand team
after being dropped in 2008.
But her pre-Olympic build up has been very encouraging and,
if things continue to go her way, Brown could reach the final
and may outshine her senior team-mate, Juliane Bray.
Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark, of the US, and Torah
Bright, of Australia, are the top contenders to win the
women's halfpipe medals.
Race day: February 18, at Whistler.