Snowboarder Rebecca Torr's focus on execution

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 08:58 07/02/2014

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New Zealand snowboarder Rebecca Torr will be focusing on execution as she bids for the Winter Olympics women's slopestyle final in Sochi on Sunday.

New Zealand's four snowboarders missed out on direct qualification for the final but will compete in the "second chance" semifinals earlier in the day.

Torr, along with fellow New Zealanders Christy Prior, Stefi Luxton and Shelly Gotlieb took part in slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park yesterday, with the whole quartet featuring in the first of two heats in the competition.

The top four in each heat go straight into the final, but the Kiwi women finished 7th (Torr), 8th (Prior), 9th (Luxton) and 11th (Gotlieb) after two runs.

Torr's first run, which scored 70.75, was the best of the New Zealanders, featured a spectacular frontside 720, while her second run was 33.75.

The Te Puke snowboarder was in good spirits after the heat - saying it put her in a "good space" ahead of the semifinals on Sunday.

"I'm feeling really good - a lot better than I've felt all week," she told Fairfax Media.

"I'm really excited to do more of my runs tomorrow.

"That was the first time today that I put down that run, so I'm feeling a lot more confident and will be in a good space heading into the semi-finals. I had a blast."

Kaukapakapa's Prior was consistent with her runs of 67.50 and 70.50, while Luxton's runs were 59.75 and 34.25.

The Wanaka snowboarder's second run was looking impressive until she fell attempting a tricky frontside 540 on the second jump. Gotlieb's two runs scored 18.00 and 30.75.

Star Australian snowboarder Torah Bright qualified directly from the heat, and looks like the medal favourite heading into Sunday – while American Jamie Anderson will also be a good chance.

Torr believes her run difficulty is good enough to earn her a spot in the final through the "second chance" semis.

"I think it's going to be really similar to today," she said.

"The girls were throwing down really good runs, but it is just about execution.

"The difficulty of my run is fine - it's just if I can execute it well, it will be good enough for the final. I will be just working on execution over the next practice day."

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