NZ Winter Games – Individual Freestyle 5/10km

The final event of the NZ Winter Games ran today, with Korea’s Seong-Beom Park and Slovenia’s Barbara Jezersek taking out the victories in their respective genders.

The Men’s race started first at 9:00am on the last of the firm snow, which quickly softened as the race progressed. The course was a tough 2.5km (2.7km) with a long section of gradual terrain, with some switchbacks and tight corners thrown in before the epic final climb up from the biathlon range to the top of the sprint loop before dropping in to lap through.

Daniel “Dan the Man” Sarri led the Australians with an 8th place and a cool 125 FIS Points (estimated), Ewan “The Exterminator” Watson followed in 10th with circa 137 FIS Points and then Alasdair “The Crocodile” Tutt (apparently in reference to the green AUSXC race suit) in 12th with circa 146 FIS Points.

In the Womens’ race at 10:00am, adopted Aussie Barbara Jezersek took the win by 14sec in front of Lee from Korea and birthday girl Bouffard-Nesbitt of Canada.

The Aussies (and Barbara) were helped by incredibly fast skis thanks to Alecia Phillips, who chose to sit out the day’s race and instead tested and waxed for the team.

Images from the race and the presentations can be found on the website linked in yesterday’s report for the 10/15km Classic Mass Start.

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