Snowboarding in full action across different events
There has been full action in Snowboard over the past week.
In the parallel giant slalom (PGS) today, Wednesday, 20th February, Patrizia Kummer gave Switzerland its sixth gold medal in Sochi. She cruised to victory when Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals.
Alena Zavarzina (RUS) won bronze just minutes before her husbandVic Wild captured gold in the men's event giving the home crowd reason to celebrate.
Wild raced to victory by relegating Nevin Galmarini (SUI) to silver. Zan Kosir (SLO) Slovenia took the bronze.
Three-time Olympian Pierre Vaultier (FRA) won gold in the men's snowboard cross final on 19th February, despite having recently suffered a knee injury that usually takes months to heal. Vaultier took top spot on the podium after edging ahead of his 22-year-old Russian rival, Nikolay Olyunin, in the last two jumps. Alex Deibold (USA), who was a wax man on the U.S. team at the 2010 Vancouver Games, raced to bronze.
In the ladies’ event, the shooting star from the Czech Republic, Eva Samkova, kept the momentum after winning the last pre-Olympic World Cup race as well as grabbing silver at the X-Games storming to gold by relegating Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Chloe Trespeuch (FRA) to silver and bronze.
On 12th February, the halfpipe once again was the venue for an unexpected result when the world's best ladies battled it out in a final which turned into a true nail-biting, breathtaking showdown for the title.
Olympic newcomer Kaitlyn Farrington (USA)stepped it up in the semis and took home the fame and the glory with a creative run relegating three former Olympic Champions, Torah Bright (AUS), Kelly Clark (USA) and Hannah Teter (USA) to second, third and fourth.