World Cup double-header for the Australian SBX Team

Posted on January 10, 2022 by

The weekend saw a double-header for the Australian Snowboard Cross Team with two World Cup events in Kraysnorak, Russia while Park and Pipe athletes took to Mammoth Mountain, USA.

NSW Institute of Sport team member, Belle Brockhoff headed into the event ranked third in the women’s World Cup standings after two podiums from three individual events in December last year. Belle placed 6th at the Olympic Test Event in Secret Garden, China, before winning silver in Montafon, Austria and most recently, bronze in Cervinia, Italy.

Over the weekend, she lead the way in the women’s events with back-to-back big finals and finishing 4th in both. Joined by rising talent and world cup season debutant, Josie Baff who matched a season’s best performance to earn a 9th place and 14th place finish.

In the men’s World Cup standings, Cameron Bolton entered the event as the top-ranked Aussie boarder, at 15th after his most recent performance in the Cervinia event (4th). Teammates Adam Lambert and Adam Dickson also joined the racing with respective rankings of 18th and 28th.

Adam Lambert bounced back from a 17th place finish in day one of racing to earn his spot in the big final and finish 4th overnight. Adam Dickson delivered some consistent performances with back-to-back small finals and earning a 7th and 6th place finish while Cam improved on his 13th place finish on day one to finish 9th on the final day.

Meanwhile, NSWIS Park & Pipe athletes took to the USA for the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard, Halfpipe & Slopestyle World Cup & US Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.

Amongst tough conditions, Emily Arthur (14th) and Valentino Guseli (13th) lined up for the Snowboard Halfpipe event with Matthew Cox (22nd) lining up for the Snowboard Slopestyle.

In the Freeski events, Abi Harrigan earned a 15th place finish (slopestyle) and 24th in the women’s half pipe, while Cameron Waddell finished 45th in the men’s slopestyle.

With the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games just shy of four weeks away, the individual results from both events will count towards Olympic Team qualification. The Winter Games are due to run from Friday 4th February until Sunday 20th February 2022.

For full FIS standings, see here.

Image credit @enisey_siberia FIS Snowboard

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