History

History of Ski Racing in NZ

The first ski races took place in New Zealand in the 1920s. Racing events became an important means of contact between the ski clubs in early years. The first nationwide ski championships were held at Ruapehu in 1929, and competitions between New Zealand and Australia began in the 1930s. Federated Mountain Clubs set up a ski sub-committee in 1931 and then a Ski Council in 1932 to organise these events. An independent New Zealand Ski Council was established in 1954. This was followed by Ski Racing NZ and now Snow Sports NZ in 2010.

Video - Mt Cook 1946

NZ Winter Olympics Teams

New Zealand has competed at most Winter Olympics since 1952, when Sir Roy McKenzie led a team. In 1992 Annelise Coberger became the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a medal at the Winter Olympics when she won silver in the slalom at Albertville in France. 

New Zealand in the Winter Olympic Games 1952 - 2014

Winter Olympics

Place

Discipline

Event

Name

Medal

1952

Oslo

Men

Downhill

Herbert Familton

 

Giant Slalom

Bill Hunt

 

Slalom

Herbert Familton

 

Bill Hunt

 

Women

Giant Slalom

Annette Johnson

 

Slalom

Annette Johnson

 

1960

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Men

Downhill

Bill Hunt

 

Sam Chaffey

 

Giant Slalom

Sam Chaffey

 

Bill Hunt

 

Slalom

Bill Hunt

 

Sam Chaffey

 

Women

Downhill

 

Trish Prain

 

Cecilia Womersley

 

Giant Slalom

Trish Prain

 

Cecilia Womersley

 

Slalom

Cecilia Womersley

 

Trish Prain

 

1968

Calgary

Men

Downhill

Murray Gardner

 

Thomas Huppert

 

Robert Palmer

 

Giant Slalom

Robert Palmer

 

Murray Gardner

 

Michael Dennis

 

Thomas Huppert

 

Slalom

Thomas Huppert

 

Michael Dennis

 

Murray Gardner

 

Robert Palmer

 

Women

Downhill

Anne Reid

 

Giant Slalom

Anne Reid

 

Slalom

Margot Blakely

 

Anne Reid

 

1972

Sapporo

Men

Downhill

Ross Ewington

 

Chris Womersley

 

Giant Slalom

Ross Ewington

 

Chris Womersley

 

Slalom

Chris Womersley

 

Ross Ewington

 

1976

Innsbruck

Men

Downhill

Robin Armstrong

 

Brett Kendall

 

Stuart Blakely

 

Giant Slalom

Robin Armstrong

 

Stuart Blakely

 

Brett Kendall

 

Slalom

Robin Armstrong

 

Brett Kendall

 

Stuart Blakely

 

Women

Downhill

Sue Gibson

 

Giant Slalom

Sue Gibson

 

Janet Wells

 

Slalom

Sue Gibson

 

1980

Lake Placid

Men

Downhill

Stuart Blakely

 

Giant Slalom

Scott Kendall

 

Mark Vryenhoek

 

Stuart Blakely

 

Slalom

Mark Vryenhoek

 

Stuart Blakely

 

Scott Kendall

 

Women

Downhill

Anna Archibald

 

Giant Slalom

Anna Archibald

 

Fiona Johnson

 

Slalom

Fiona Johnson

 

1984

Sarajevo

Men

Downhill

Markus Hubrich

 

Bruce Grant

 

Giant Slalom

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Markus Hubrich

 

Slalom

Matthias Hubrich

 

Markus Hubrich

 

Women

Downhill

Kate Rattray

 

Christine Grant

 

Giant Slalom

Kate Rattray

 

1988

Calgary

Men

Super-G

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Matthias Hubrich

 

Giant Slalom

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Matthias Hubrich

 

Slalom

Matthias Hubrich

 

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Combined

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Women

Super-G

Kate Rattray

 

Giant Slalom

Kate Rattray

 

Slalom

Kate Rattray

 

1992

Albertville

Men

Super-G

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Giant Slalom

Simon Lyle Wi Rutene

 

Slalom

Simon Wi Rutene

 

Women

Slalom

Annelise Coberger

SILVER

1994

Lillehammer

Men

Super-G

Simon Wi Rutene

 

Giant Slalom

Simon Wi Rutene

 

Slalom

Simon Wi Rutene

 

Combined

Simon Wi Rutene

 

Women

Slalom

Annelise Coberger

 

Claudia Riegler

 

1998

Nagano

Women

Slalom

Claudia Riegler

 

2002

Salt Lake City

Men

Giant Slalom

Jesse Teat

 

Todd Haywood

 

Slalom

Jesse Teat

 

Todd Haywood

 

Women

Slalom

Claudia Riegler

 

2006

Torino

Men

Slalom

Mickey Ross

 

Women

Slalom

Nicola Campbell

 

Erika Mcleod

 

Giant Slalom

Nicola Campbell

 

Erika Mcleod

 

2010

Vancouver

Men

Super-G

Tim Cafe

 

Ben Griffin

 

Giant Slalom

Ben Griffin

 

2014

Sochi

Men

Slalom

Adam Barwood

 

Giant Slalom