Porteous ‘over the moon’

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Wanaka’s Miguel Porteous has won silver at the International Ski Federation Freeski (FIS) Halfpipe World Cup.

Competing at Copper Mountain in Colorado on Friday, Porteous claimed the first World Cup medal of his career with a score of 93.75 on his first run of three.

“I’m pretty over the moon with how [the day] went,” he said.

“I had really great training and then managed to put my first run down with a 93 which I was really stoked to be able to do.”

Bronze went to double Olympic gold medallist David Wise (US) with a score of 90.50. Aaron Blunck (US) won gold with a score of 96.25 after recovering from a first-run crash.

New Zealand’s Olympic bronze medallist – and Miguel’s younger brother – Nico, finished in fourth place with a score of 88.00 on his first run.

The Porteous brothers will compete in the Dew Tour from December 13-16 in Breckenridge, Colorado, before travelling to China to compete at the next round of World Cups alongside snowboarders Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Christy Prior, Tiarn Collins and Carlos Garcia Knight.