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New Zealand increases funding for winter sports after Beijing success

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September 8 (Reuters) – The New Zealand government will contribute NZ$20 million ($12 million) in winter sports funding for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Milan after its most successful Games in Beijing.

The investment includes an additional NZ$1.6 million per year over the four-year Olympic cycle for governing body Snow Sports New Zealand, a more than 60% increase in funding levels for Beijing.

Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and freestyle skier Nico Porteous won the country’s first Winter Olympic gold medals in China with their wins in the women’s slopestyle and men’s halfpipe.

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Sadowski-Synnott also picked up a silver medal in the big air.

“New Zealand’s unprecedented success at the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games earlier this year reflects the wealth of young talent emerging in winter sports,” the New Zealand Minister said on Thursday. Zeeland Sportsman Grant Robertson in a statement.

“This investment will support winter sports high performance campaigns, build on the development of athlete and coach pathways and wellness initiatives, and help provide facilities for our top athletes and winter sports para-athletes to regularly compete at the highest level.

The investment will provide new support for sports, luge and biathlon which were previously unfunded.

After failing to medal at six consecutive Winter Games from 1994 to 2014, New Zealand have come a long way since winning two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018.

More success may be in store in 2026, with a promising crop of juniors making their mark at global events.

Snow Sports NZ boss Nic Cavanagh said the increase in funding was “fantastic”.

“It allows us to support the path more deeply…while maintaining tailored support for our medal-capable campaigns.”

($1 = 1.6532 New Zealand dollars)

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Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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