Winter Youth Olympic Games - Bronze for speed skater
Christchurch speed skater Ethan De Rose led the charge for New Zealand on the final day of competition at Lausanne 2020.
Competing in a mixed nation team De Rose looked confident throughout the knock out rounds, as his team advanced to the bronze medal final in the mixed team relay.
"We all skated really well today and we're so happy to come away with a bronze medal. This was a huge highlight, I definitely didn't think I'd end up with a medal so I'm super stoked.”
De Rose combined with Italian Thomas Nadalini, Korean Min Seo and Great Britain’s Olivia Weedon for the medal.
Earlier in the Games the 17-year-old placed 7th in the 1000m individual event and 10th in the individual 500m.
Meanwhile freeskiers Ben Barclay and Luca Harrington, as well as snowboarder Mitch Davern were in action in the big air.
Harrington and Davern put down solid runs to progress to the finals while Barclay bowed out in the qualification stage.
In the finals Davern (Auckland) finished fifth with a combined score of 174.75 from two runs.
“I landed all my runs and I’m super happy because I landed a new trick on the last one and I’ve been wanting to land that for a while.”
Harrington, who yesterday won a bronze medal in the halfpipe, went down hard on his first run in the final, injuring his hip.
The 15-year-old from Wanaka attempted a second run but didn’t make the landing, finishing in 12th place overall.
Following the competition New Zealand Team Chef de Mission Jesse Teat named Harrington Closing Ceremony flagbearer.
“Luca’s bronze medal in the halfpipe was a real highlight for the New Zealand Team at these Games. He showed maturity beyond his years in that competition and I have no doubt that he has a brilliant career ahead of him,” said Teat.
The New Zealand Team finishes the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games with three bronze medals (Ethan De Rose, mixed nation speed skating, Axel Ruski-Jones, mixed nation ice hockey and Luca Harrington, halfpipe) and one gold (Katya Blong, mixed nation ice hockey).
“We’re really pleased with how the team has performed at these Games. Our athletes have represented New Zealand with pride and passion on and off the field of play,” said Teat.
“The Games have developed our team as athletes, as well as allowing them to develop as people and forge connections with athletes all over the world.”
The third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games featured 1,880 competitors from more than 70 nations competing in eight sports, 16 sport disciplines and 81 medal events.
New Zealand was represented by 20 athletes at the Games.