In the early 2000s the most successful New Zealand skaters internationally were speed skaters. Nicole Begg won world championship events, as well as dominating the sport domestically. She became a professional speed skater in 2004. New Zealand professionals have to head overseas to become members of sponsored teams and earn prize money.
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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 20 December 2010, p. 25
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