The QRC Winter Games NZ, fuelled by Forsyth Barr, FIS ANC Cross-Country series presented by Forsyth Barr has started with an exhilarating day of Classic Sprint Racing held at Snow Farm NZ under blue skies.
Jessie Diggins from the USA was the top seeded female athlete going into the women’s Prologue and remained in the top spot for the duration of the day, winning the Gold Medal. The PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games gold medallist said, “It was super fun out there, it was really awesome…a really cool opportunity and so much fun to race with these girls”.
Hiroyuki Miyazawa from Japan was the top seeded male athlete going into the men’s Prologue and also remained in the top spot throughout the heats, semi-finals and the finals. “I was so happy to win and concentrate on my tactics and technique…I like this course, not too tough, not too easy – a good course”.
A little closer to home, Australia’s Katerina Paul came in second place behind Diggins. Paul was incredibly happy with her result, “It feels amazing, I was quite surprised! Going up the hill I had this confidence today that I’ve never really had much of before”.
Team Japan had a successful day with a podium sweep in the Men’s race. Miyazawa shared the podium with his Japanese teammates Hikaru Fujinoki (2ndplace) and Takanori Ebina (3rdplace).
The athletes were really happy with the course and the warm weather conditions today at Snow Farm NZ. Following on from a great day of racing today Snow Farm NZ will host the FIS ANC Freestyle Interval Start tomorrow and the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Classic Mass Start on Thursday.