Janina Kuzma

Janina is one of the most versatile female freeskiers in the world, competing in big mountain as well as halfpipe. She is a two-time Winter Olympian, representing NZ at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia and the 2018 Games in PyoengChang, South Korea. 

Disciplines: Halfpipe

Home town: Wanaka

Career highlights: Second overall on the 2015 FIS Freeski World Cup tour; 2014 & 2018 Winter Olympian; seven time winner of the NZ Freeski Open, two-time Canadian Freeski Champion and two-time World Heli Challenge Champion.

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 janina kuzma nzl Copper Grand Prix Dec 2014 credit sarah Brunson USSA

Biography

Janina is one of the most versatile female freeskiers in the world competing in big mountain as well as halfpipe. She has won the NZ Freeski Open Big Mountain event seven times, is a two-time Canadian Freeski Champion and two-time World Heli Challenge Champion. 

Following the announcement in 2011 that freeski halfpipe has been added to the Olympic schedule, Janina made the big call to take a break from the Freeride World Tour and instead followed the FIS World Cup circuit competing solely in the halfpipe discipline with the goal of qualifying for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Janina met her goal and was selected to represent New Zealand at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi where she placed fifth in the halfpipe. Her career contrinued to go from strength to strength. A solid 2014/2015 northern hemisphere season saw Janina claim the overall Sprint US Grand Prix series title for women’s halfpipe and finish second overall on the FIS Freeski World Cup tour.

Janina was named Central Otago Sportswoman of the Year and Supreme Winner for her achievements in 2014 and 2015.

She was selected to represent NZ at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and finished 16th in halfpipe.

Check out more of Janina's FIS results here, AFP results here or follow her on social media.

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