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Becoming the fastest human on skis
Vars, France, 22nd January, 2018 (NZ SPEED SKI TEAM) – With just over 10 days to go, Kiwi speed skier Tawny Wagstaff is training at the world’s fastest speed ski resort in Vars, France. The 39-year-old will compete in two world cup races there from the 2nd to the 4th of February before jet setting across the Northern Hemisphere for 9 more world cup speed ski events.
Last year in Canada, Wagstaff became the first New Zealander to win an S2 World Cup race. After one season competing internationally, Wagstaff was made eligible to race in the World Cup main category Speed1 for 2018.
He’s ready to break more records this season. “ I will perform well in the world cup to gain an invitation to partake in the world record attempts”. The maximum speed ever reached on skis is 254kph set in 2016 in France by Italian Ivan Origone and recorded at an invitation only event not included in the world cup.
Speed skiing is the fastest of all un-motorised sports on two feet. Tracks are on average 1000 metres long, the middle 100 metres is the speed trap and the last 300 metres is the run out zone.
Wagstaff’s flights were made possible with Intercoll who covered the cost of airfares and Mount Hutt supported him during his New Zealand training.
Nurtured from a young age with Canterbury’s Mount Hutt at his disposal, Tawny Wagstaff is an athlete who has spent his career and life in the mountains. Whether he’s in the depths of Southern Alps climbing mountains, guiding groups through the back country slopes of Japan or pointing his ski’s straight towards ground zero, one thing’s for certain – he is always exploring the limits of what’s humanly possible.
NZ Speed Ski Team