New Zealand at the 2006 Winter Olympics
|New Zealand at the|
2006 Winter Olympics
|NOC||New Zealand Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||18 in 5 sports|
|Flag bearer||Sean Becker (opening and closing)|
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|Australasia (1908 · 1912)|
|Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Total||Rank|
|Nicola Campbell||Women's giant slalom||Did not finish|
|Erika McLeod||Women's giant slalom||Did not finish|
|Mickey Ross||Men's slalom||1:03.30||54.50||n/a||1:57.80||31|
The New Zealand team did not compete in the four-man bobsleigh due to injuries from a training run. Mathew Dallow and Alan Henderson did compete in the two-man event, but did not qualify for the final run.
|Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total||Rank|
|Two-man||56.61||56.79||57.46||Did not advance||23|
|Four-man||Did not start|
The New Zealand national men's team qualified for the games after placing 8th at the 2005 World Championships. The team heading to Turin was skipped by Sean Becker, out of Ranfurly CC. The New Zealand men's team is the first team from the southern hemisphere to compete in curling as an official sport at the Olympics. Australia had previously competed in curling at the Olympics, but that was as a demonstration sport.
Sean Becker's rink twice lost games late, including giving up two in the final end to fall to the eventual silver medalists from Finland. However, these were the only bright spots for the New Zealand side, which finished the round robin in last place, without a victory.
- Round Robin
- Draw 1
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||3|
|Great Britain (Murdoch)||0||1||4||0||0||0||3||0||2||X||9|
|New Zealand (Becker)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||1||0||X||5|
|United States (Fenson)||0||2||2||0||2||1||0||3||X||X||10|
|New Zealand (Becker)||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||X||X||4|
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||2||0||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||5|
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||2||0||7|
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||1||0||5|
|New Zealand (Becker)||1||0||1||0||0||2||0||2||0||0||6|
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||X||X||X||1|
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||1||0||0||0||0||X||X||X||X||1|
|3||United States||Pete Fenson||6||3|
|4||Great Britain||David Murdoch||6||3|
|10||New Zealand||Sean Becker||0||9|
Skeleton provided New Zealand with its two best finishes in Turin, including its only top-10, from Ben Sandford. Sandford had the fifth fastest second run, but his slower first run left him in 10th place.
|Run 1||Run 2||Total||Rank|
All three New Zealand snowboarders in Turin competed in the halfpipe, with Juliane Bray being the closest to qualifying for the final, finishing 16th overall. Bray also entered the snowboard cross, but was unable to qualify for the knockout rounds.
|Athlete||Event||Qualifying Run 1||Qualifying Run 2||Final|
|Points||Rank||Points||Rank||Run 1||Run 2||Rank|
|Juliane Bray||Women's halfpipe||17.1||23||32.2||10||Did not advance||16|
|Kendall Brown||Women's halfpipe||22.9||18||22.4||18||Did not advance||24|
|Mitchell Brown||Men's halfpipe||16.3||33||28.3||19||Did not advance||25|
Note: In the final, the single best score from two runs is used to determine the ranking. A bracketed score indicates a run that wasn't counted.
- Snowboard Cross
|Juliane Bray||Women's snowboard cross||1:34.45||20||Did not advance||20|
Sean Becker, the captain of New Zealand's curling team, carried the flag for the New Zealand team in both the opening and closing ceremonies. There was some controversy about the later of these, as the position of closing ceremony flag bearer is usually reserved for the best-performed competitor from the country and the curling team had finished last in their competition.
Traditionally the New Zealand team flag bearer at an Olympic games wears a blessed Māori cloak called the Kotahu.
- "Flagbearers for the Opening Ceremony". Retrieved Mar 30, 2009.
- "Flagbearers for the Closing Ceremony". Retrieved Mar 30, 2009.
- "NZ Eye Medals at 2010 Winter Games". TMC News. February 27, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- "Torino 2006 Official Report - Alpine Skiing" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- "Kiwi team out after crash". Television New Zealand. February 24, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
- "Torino 2006 Official Report - Bobsleigh" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- "Torino 2006 Official Report - Curling" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- "Torino 2006 Official Report - Skeleton" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- Yahoo! Sports – 2006 Winter Olympics – New Zealand at the Wayback Machine (archive index)