Barwood finishes 26th as final Kiwi in action

19:34, Feb 22 2014
Sochi opening ceremony
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.
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Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr are interviewed by Sky Sport's Hayley Holt.
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Members of the NZ Olympic team arrive at the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
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Members of the NZ Olympic team are welcomed to the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
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Speed skater Shane Dobbin practises at the Adler Arena Skating Centre.
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NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin at the Athletes Village.
Shelly Gotlieb
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Shelly Gotlieb competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
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Stefi Luxton competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Christy Prior
Christy Prior competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Rebecca Torr
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Bryon Wells
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Beau-James Wells
Beau-James Wells gets some air during the men's ski slopestyle practice.
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Jossi Wells
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Anna Willox-Silfverberg
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New Zealand's Shane Dobbin competes against Russia's Ivan Skobrev during the men's 5000m.
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Kiwi skeleton racer Ben Sandford waits to take a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
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Anna Willcox's New Zealand and Olympics inspired nails.
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Anna Willcox has a message for back home after her first run in women's ski slopestyle qualifying.
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Anna Willcox goes big
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Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle semifinals.
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New Zealand's Bex Sinclair competes in the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at Rosa Khutor.
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Skeleton racer Katharine Eustace gets in a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center.
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Jossi Wells competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying round.
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New Zealand's Jossi Wells reacts after a run during the men's ski slopestyle final.
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Beau-James Wells competes during the men's ski slopestyle qualification round.
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Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after her third run during the women's skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center.
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Ben Sandford qualified for the men's skeleton final, finishing 20th.
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Skeleton racer Ben Sandford was the only Kiwi in action on Day 8 in Sochi.
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Jossi Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
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Beau-James Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
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Lyndon Sheehan gets upside-down during men's ski halfpipe qualifying.
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Shane Dobbin flies around Adler Arena during the men's 10,000m final.
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Shane Dobbin skates to seventh in the men's 10,000m final.
Adam Barwood
New Zealand's Adam Barwood brushes by a gate during one of his giant slalom runs.
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Jossi Wells awaits his score after a round during the men's ski halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor.
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Queenstown's Adam Barwood speeds down the giant slalom course, on his way to 44th out of 109 in the men's event.
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New Zealand's Janina Kuzma in action during the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
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Kiwi Janina Kuzma anxiously awaits her score after a women's ski halfpipe qualifying run.
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Janina Kuzma flies high during the women's ski halfpipe final.
Adam Barwood
Queenstown's Adam Barwood completed his first slalom run in 54.21 seconds.
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Adam Barwood, the last New Zealander in action in Sochi.
Adam Barwood
New Zealand's Adam Barwood managed 26th overall in the men's slalom.

New Zealand's Adam Barwood has finished 26th in the men's slalom at the Sochi Games.

Barwood, who was 50th after the first run earlier in the day, made his way down the tricky Rosa Khutor course in 1min 1.97seconds.

Even though it was over seven seconds slower than his first run, Barwood was able to pick up 24 spots as competitors failed to complete the course. Only 45 of 115 athletes successfully completed both runs.

Adam Barwood
TOP-50: Adam Barwood completed his first slalom run in 54.21 seconds to be 50th of the 77 athletes to complete the course successfully.

"It didn't really cross my mind. In ski racing there's always a chance of something going wrong but it wasn't too bad," Barwood said.

Barwood, the last Kiwi in action at the 22nd Winter Olympiad, skied 54.21 seconds in his first run, 7.51 seconds behind first run leader Mario Matt of Austria. Matt won gold, finishing 14.34 seconds ahead of Barwood.

The course almost got the better of Barwood in his second run, as he looked in serious trouble early in the top section. However, determined to finish and managing the recovery after each stumble, he held on. His final placing of 26th from a start position of 63 marked a personal best and far exceeded his expectations.

"I was really just trying to get down there," he explained after the race." It was pretty tough but I survived it.

"I'm definitely happy to have made it."

Coach Chris Mosaed put Barwood's success down to his positive attitude.

"He just fought through to the finish.

"He didn't give up. The snow conditions aren't the best at the moment and the course set is really challenging and that's what it finds, it finds the best out of people. The Olympics are about finding the best and Adam showed that tonight."

Barwood's result is the 10th best result for a New Zealand ski racer at the Olympics and the best since Claudia Riegler's 11th place finish in slalom in 2002.

Barwood finished 44th in the men's giant slalom three days ago.

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