It takes a village to raise snowsports stars.

This week Wanaka can own the successes of gold-medal winning Winter Olympians Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous and their teammates.

Arthur Klap, who ran the Winter Games in Wanaka for eight years and worked closely with the late Sir Eion Edgar to turn the event into a world-class snow sports competition, is delighted.

He told Otago Daily Times sports editor Hayden Meikle this week he wished Sir Eion could have been here to share the excitement of Wanaka’s athletes making history.

“It’s been fantastic. I just love seeing our young people do well. It’s not just Nico and Zoi, either. All those athletes are really good role models for their sports they’ve got good attitudes, and they’re bubbly and friendly, but they’re also really driven, which is great to watch,” Mr Klap said.

Wanaka sports club Aspiring Trampolining taught tumbling skills to Sadowski-Synnott, Porteous and their teammates Ben Harrington and Finn Bilous when they were children.

The club has congratulated the Winter Olympics NZ Team, athletes, coaches and support staff on social media and recalled how even as 9-year-olds the athletes showed determination and focus.

Mount Aspiring College, which Sadowski-Synnott attended, has also posted congratulations.

The “Zoi and Nico show” began in 2018 when, as 16-year-olds, they won bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

That sparked a rousing welcome home by the college, a Wanaka town parade and their elevation to role models for younger athletes coming through.

A second homecoming parade is not likely anytime soon, as the athletes continue a northern hemisphere “OE”.

Credit should be given to Wanaka trailblazers such as Juliane Bray (snowboard) and the four Wells brothers (freeski).

Skifields should also take a bow, including Cardrona, where the Snow Sports NZ high-performance programme is based, and the Snow Farm, which fostered rising biathlete Campbell Wright.

There’s also been a host of coaches, administrators, snow groomers, snowmakers and park builders on the journey.

Last, but not least, Wanaka parents and caregivers have backed their athletes whatever the result.

There are many who stand with Sean and Robin Synnott to say “I believed in her. She has an amazing drive” or with Chris and Andrew Porteous to declare “They’ve not been sacrifices. They are choices you can make .. It’s what you do as parents.”

First run . . . Nico Porteous competes in the men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe final. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Wanaka was heavily represented in the Winter Olympics team at Beijing.

Along with Sadowski-Synnott (snowboard, gold, silver), Porteous (freeski gold), Bilous (freeski), Harrington (freeski) and Wright (biathlon), the team included Miguel Porteous (freeski), Gustav Legnavsky (freeski) and Margaux Hackett (freeski).

Queenstown athletes were Alice Robinson (alpine ski), Tiarn Collins (snowboard) and Cool Wakushima (freeski).

North Island team members were Anja Barugh, of Pukehina (freeski), Ben Barclay, of Auckland (freeski), Chloe McMillan, of Ngahinapouri (freeski), and Peter Michael, of Palmerston North (speed skater).

The Winter Olympics support team included physiotherapist Ginny Rutledge, who has now attended six Winter Olympics as a lead physio for the Kiwis and United States skiers.