NSW Institute of Sport snowboarders Adam Dickson and Belle Brockhoff have both found themselves on the podium at the FIS World Cup season in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.
Brockhoff claimed bronze in the women’s event and Aussie teammate, Adam Dickson, also took the bronze podium in the men’s event, the first World Cup medal of his career.
Brockhoff led a third of the way into the women’s big final and held the lead for most of the run until Michela Moioli went past on the last banked corner as both the Italian and France’s Chloe Trespeuch overtook on the line.
The 27-year-old has had a phenomenal season in her return from missing the previous two years due to injury, advancing trough to the big final in every competition.
Her bronze in Veysonnaz took her season medal tally to five (one gold, one silver, three bronze) and she finished second overall on the World Cup standings, her best ever end of season ranking.
“I am really happy with my season, I have put in a lot of hard work over the past two years and wanted to make a strong comeback” Brockhoff told OWIA.
“With the season now finished my focus is to train hard and get really strong, I have got a lot of notes written down that I need to work on physically.”
Australia’s Adam Dickson took his first FIS World Cup podium of his career with bronze at the Veysonnaz event.
“It’s my first top ten performance so to have a podium is unreal” an excited Dickson told OWIA after the race.
“It’s a great event here, the speed was up and there was plenty of airtime. My strategy was to keep my speed and holding a high line into the final turn and it worked well for me.”
The breakthrough result moved Dickson into 19th position on the Men’s overall World Cup standings., with fellow NSWIS riders Cameron Bolton sitting 11th and Jarryd Hughes 20th.
The snowboard cross event was the final FIS ski or snowboard competition of the 2019-2020 season, with all other events planned now cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus and the closure of nearly all ski resorts in central Europe.