SC snowboarder wins bronze

NZ takes 2 medals on first day

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 13:31 01/02/2013
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JOHN SELKIRK/ Fairfax NZ
GREAT START: Brittney McKenzie on the podium at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea.

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South Canterbury snowboarder Brittney McKenzie has struck bronze at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea.

McKenzie was one of two Kiwis to medal on the first day with Otago's Morgan James taking top spot on the podium.

James took the gold medal with a time of 1m 33.79s while McKenzie earned a bronze with a time of 1m 42.41s in the intermediate level.

McKenzie, who has Asperger's syndrome, is one of two snowboarders who will accompanied the eight skiers in the team.

Earlier on the opening day of the competition, the Kiwi team had captured the attention of the South Korean media with a haka rendition and a rugby scrum during the opening ceremony.

The Kiwi athletes, who all have an intellectual disability, are competing alongside more than 2300 Special Olympics athletes from over 100 countries at the Games in Pyeongchang.

It is the same site that the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held.

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