Excitement is rising for the upcoming World Cup events at Cardrona New Zealand and events get underway on the 18th of August with slopestyle qualification, and the big news is that the entire men's and women's podiums from the snowboard halfpipe comp at Vancouver 2010 are on the start list!
The best riders in the worldwill be taking part including women's gold medallist Torah Bright (AUS), Hannah Teter (silver - USA), Kelly Clark (bronze - USA) plus Shaun White (gold - USA), Peetu Piiroinen (silver - FIN) and Scott Lago (bronze - USA).
As well as the medallists and the Brits other huge names including Iouri Podladtchikov, Holly Crawford, Silvia Mittermueller, Cilka Sadar, Bex Sinclair, Nathan, Johnstone, Queralt Castellet, Ursina Haller, Ayumu Hirano, Staale Sandbech, Louie Vito and Luke Mitrani will be taking part.
The full schedule for the events is as follows:
FIS World Cup Snowboard Slopestyle
Friday 16th August – Official Training
Saturday 17th August – Official Training
Sunday 18th August – Qualification
Monday 19th August – Finals
FIS World Cup Snowboard Halfpipe:
Tuesday 20th August – Official Training
Wednesday 21st August – Official Training
Thusrday 22nd August – Qualification
Saturday 24th August – Finals
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