NSWIS athlete Belle Brockhoff has completed an amazing weekend of competition by winning gold and silver in back-to-back World Cup snowboard cross races in Big White, Canada.
In difficult weather conditions, the 27-year-old finished second in Saturday’s event before backing up her performance in a nail-biting finish on Sunday to edge out Olympic champion Michela Moioli of Italy by .08 of a second.
“It is absolutely unreal! It’s more than just a win for me, I have come back from two ACL blowouts and this is just so huge! I am very happy,” a joyful Brockhoff said.
Watch @bellebrockhoff grabbing the win at today’s SBX World Cup in @BigWhite at the very last second. Literally!@michimoioli takes second and @FayeGulini third.#fissnowboard #snowboardcross #supertightracing@CanadaSnwbrdFR @bcsnowboard pic.twitter.com/GMHeK56Z68
— fissnowboard (@fissnowboard) January 26, 2020
“The work I have put in over the last two years out of the sport has shown. It’s different for me too, my mind is looking at things differently and its super calm.”
“I had no nerves today. I was calm and patient.”
The podium result is the tenth medal of Brockhoff’s World Cup career (4 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze), and her first win since 2017.
With only two World Cup events remaining, Brockhoff sits in second place on the World Cup standings on 2900 points, 700 points behind leader Moioli.
The next stop of the World Cup tour will be in Sierra Nevada, Spain on March 06-07.