NZ curlers just out of medals

Close but not quite.

The New Zealand curling team came up just short of a medal at the Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne.

Maniototo quartet Zoe Harman, Lucy Neilson, Hunter Walker and Will Becker were beaten 9-5 by Russia in their bronze medal playoff yesterday.

“We’re a bit disappointed to not get a medal but the whole experience has been amazing,’’ Harman said.

Walker said it had been a good game, although he felt the side could have been stronger early.

Despite that, it was the best result New Zealand had ever achieved at the event.

Norway won gold, while Japan took silver.

They will now compete in the mixed doubles event.

The format is also mixed nation, meaning all four Kiwi curlers will be teamed up with an athlete of the opposite gender from a different nation.

Freeski athletes Luca Harrington, Ben Barclay, Ruby Andrews and Max McDonald, as well as snowboarder Mitchell Davern, spent the day training and testing the local conditions.

Harrington, Andrews and McDonald are set to compete in big air, slopestyle and half pipe, while Barclay and Davern will compete in big air and slopestyle.

Dunedin’s Ella Cox contested the women’s luge yesterday.


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