CHRISTY World X Games medallist


Christy Prior is a snowboarder born in Okehampton, Devon, UK in 1988 but grew up in Kaukapakapa near Auckland New Zealand.

She competed for New Zealand in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Christy is a snowboard slope style specialist. She has a relatively late introduction to snowboarding and didn't get into it until the age of seventeen. However it was a love at first ride and Christy has been on a rapid rise to success ever since.

Over the last four years she has snagged first in the Burton European Open, and took bronze at both the Winter X-Games and the Dew Tour.

This year she flew high at the X-Games Big Air event in Oslo, Norway to take the silver medal.

Competitors had three attempts to earn their highest score with the 27 year old landing a frontside rodeo 720 trick on her first jump to earn her top score of 84.00 points.

It was enough to put her in first place before Dutchwoman Cheryl Maas took out the competition with an impressive score of 91.33 on her second run.

Norway's Kjersti Oestgaard Buass finished third with a first run score of 81.00.

However Christy fell short of a medal later on at the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado, USA finishing a credible fifth place in the women's snowboard slope style event.

Christy was crowned New Zealand Female Snowboarder of the Year 2015 after becoming the first Kiwi woman to win an X-Games medal.

Also Snow Sports Snowboarder of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015.

We heard you are back home in Wanaka, New Zealand. How good is it to be home?

It is the best. I cherish the time I get to spend in New Zealand now that I am on the road for 8 months of the year.

It looks like the last 7 months you have been at the top of your game kicking some serious butt on the overseas snowboard slope-style scene. Tell us about the last event (X games).

2015 was my breakthrough season on the pro tour. Kicking it off with a 3rd place at Dew Tour, winning the European Open and then a 3rd at X-Games then the ball just kept on rolling from there with 2nds at X-Games and Laax Open and a 3rd at the Olympic test event earlier this year. It's still all pretty surreal.

What are you training for at the moment?

Olympic qualifying year kicks off in a few months and each year we still have our main events including X-Games also.

What are your long term training goals?

The word 'training' is still such a weird word to use for snowboarding. I have certain tricks I am working towards as always and I'm just trying to get a ton of time on my board and try be the best snowboarder I can be.

When you are in full training mode for a comp tell us what your week looks like.

Contests are just another day in the life for us, so nothing too drastic changes. I look after my body through good nutrition, good rest and good mental clarity and around a contest I will just spend a little more time to myself tuning in to mind and my body which helps get me in the zone.

You enjoy Yoga? Tell us why…

Many, many reasons and the physical practice of yoga is just scratching the surface. I do it for physical and mental balance for my mind, body, soul. It's important to me to have this connection with myself at this deeper level so I can perform at my highest level.

Where did you ride as a youngster?

I started when I was 17 years old when I moved down south to finish school and that is where I started riding Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka.

What's your favourite surf and snow spot in the world? What do you love the most about these spots?

Laax, Switzerland is magical. My favourite place to surf is Nicaragua or Bali.

One tip you could give our readers who want to get better at riding?

Time on your board. Get a crew of friends together and get out there - as much as you can!

Follow Christy @christyprior

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