Eight more athletes added to Winter Games Team

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Eight snow sport athletes have been named to the New Zealand Team for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Ben Barclay, Gustav Legnavsky, Anja Barugh, Miguel Porteous, Ben Harrington and Chloe McMillan will compete in the Freeski Halfpipe with Barclay also entering the Big Air event.

The additions more than double the snow sport contingent of the team, with 13 snow sports athletes now set to represent New Zealand in Beijing next month.

The naming takes the total number of athletes in the New Zealand Team for Beijing to 14, with a final opportunity for selection to take place within the next week.

16-year-old Legnavsky will be the youngest member of the team, competing in freeski halfpipe. He will be joined by Ben Harrington (20) and Miguel Porteous (22) in the men’s freeski halfpipe, along with already selected Nico Porteous.

As the youngest athlete on the team, Legnavsky watched the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics as a 12-year-old.

“I have been 100% inspired by Nico, he was my age when he went to PyeongChang and did really well. It would be cool to keep that legacy going on”.

This will be an Olympic debut for Legnasky and Barclay, while Miguel Porteous represented New Zealand at the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

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