Faye Gulini and Nate Holland national SBX Champions
In only her second competition back from injury, Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) was U.S. Snowboarding's top finisher at the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Canyons Resort, taking second behind of Canada's Dominique Maltais to win the women's U.S. Championship.
It was only Gulini's second race this season after recovering from a knee injury.
“Coming back from injury, I needed this. I needed a little confidence booster. I went to the last World Cup and it was really stressful, I felt nervous. But it is good to be back and hopefully it will carry over into the last two World Cups,“ said Gulini.
Her teammate Nate Holland(Squaw Valley, CA) was the top American male finisher on a day where continuous snowfall made for low visibility and slow course speeds on Canyons Resort's Doc's Run.
“I'm pumped to have the U.S. Championship title but I really wanted to put the exclamation point on it with a win. Right off the start features, I got run into and taken out. There's not much I could have done. I'm stoked for the title, but wish I would have gotten the win. Sitting one off the podium is a bittersweet spot,“ explained Holland who had ranked fourth at the last Olympics in Vancouver, too.
Austrian Markus Schairer won the men's title and told the US Snowboarding staff that he wasn't expecting this at all. “I was hoping to end up in the finals and I was hoping I could win this race and it's really amazing. The season has been up and down and up and down. Now I'm up again and I hope it stays like this.“
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