Published Friday 07 February 2014

New Zealand's snowboard slopestylers have grabbed social media headlines around the world ending up on the front page of internationally reknowned internet ranking site, Reddit.

The image of the four girls hit the top 20 last night featured Christy Prior, Possum Torr, Shelly Gotlieb and Stefi Luxton with the Olympic Rings and the Caucasus Mountains in the background. The image has also impressed international Olympic photographers who are heading to the rings to create the same look.

Thanks to Getty Images for the photograph.

Silver Fern Grabs Attention

Organisers at yesterday’s snowboard slopestyle competition were surprised to see New Zealand’s silver fern flag waved in the stands by an enthusiastic group of Kiwi supporters. Only official national flags should be displayed in Olympic venues so some explanation from the team’s Chef de Mission was required to reassure organisers the silver fern is a recognised national symbol.

The Kiwi supporters were a stand-out feature of yesterday’s competition as they celebrated Waitangi Day and the opening of New Zealand’s Olympic campaign.