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Ski cross silver for Kiwi racer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/03/2017
Jamie Prebble. © Dianne Manson/Getty Images Jamie Prebble.

New Zealand ski cross racer Jamie Prebble has won silver at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

After finishing fifth at the World Cup in Switzerland last December and 12th in Canada two weeks ago, Prebble's hard work on the technical and tactical sides of racing paid dividends.

He made a solid start to finish 13th in qualifying, then took second in his next round to ease through to the quarter-finals.

Prebble slipped back to fourth before making a big pass at the bottom of the course to reclaim second and move on to the semi-final rounds.

He hit the front right out of the gate, and held off his challengers to win his semi and earn a spot in the final, where he finished second behind Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg.

Ski cross racing incorporates naturally occurring terrain and artificial features including big-air jumps and high-banked turns, with skiers generally racing head-to-head in heats of four.

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