Since taking up her sport in her late teens, slopestyle and big air specialist Christy Prior has charged her way to the top, taking on the world’s best female snowboarders and claiming podium finishes at elite level international events. She is an X Games and Dew Tour medallist and was selected to represent NZ in snowboard slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Christy has been named Snow Sports NZ Snowboarder of the Year four times since 2013.
Disciplines: Slopestyle and Big Air
Home town: Kaukapakapa
Career highlights: 2nd place Big Air X Games Oslo 2016; 1st place Slopestyle Burton European Open 2015; 3rd place Slopestyle Dew Tour 2015; 3rd place Slopestyle X Games Aspen 2015
Christy is a snowboard slopestyle and big air specialist. Although she has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, Christy had a relatively late introduction to snowboarding and didn’t get started until the age of 17 but has been on a rapid rise to success ever since. Christy spent her early days learning to ride at Snowplanet's indoor facility in Auckland.
In 2014 Christy was named to the New Zealand Olympic Winter team for the Sochi Games but an injury sustained during training just hours before the event put her out of competition.
However, Christy was quick to bounce back and charged through the 2015 northern hemisphere season, taking on the world’s best female snowboarders and claiming podium finishes at top level international events. She earned bronze medals at the Dew Tour and X Games before clocking one of the best results of her career to date, winning the Burton European Open ahead of the 2014 Olympic gold and silver medallists.
The 2015/16 season saw Christy once again back on top form with a silver medal at the European Open, 5th place in Slopestyle at X Games Aspen and second in Big Air at X Games.
Christy started off the 2016 northern hemisphere season with a silver in slopestyle at the Laax Open in Switzerland in January. After a fifth place finish in slopestyle at X Games Aspen, she went on to earn silver in Big Air at X Games Oslo in February. In March she claimed World Cup bronze in PyeongChang, Korea at the test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and finished up with fifth place in slopestyle at the world cup held in Park City, USA.
A knee injury meant Christy would spend 18 months on the sidelines, meaning a late start to her 2018 Olympic Games qualification campaign. Christy returned to snow in September 2017 and soon looked to be on track to meet the qualifying criteria with promising results including third in Big Air and a win in Slopestyle at World Cups. She gained conditional selection to the Olympic Team subject to qualifying a nation's quota spot. Unfortunately the last World Cup within the qualifying period was snowed out which meant Christy missed out on what would have been a likely qualification berth.
Christy was named Snow Sports NZ Snowboarder of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.