Johnson and Odine claim Nor-Am Cup title
Cole Johnson (USA) and Meryeta Odine (CAN) have secured the snowboard cross title of the 2015-16 Nor-Am Cup season which closed out in style at Copper Mountain, CO this week.
While the men's tour came to an end with Johnson winning his personal 2016 World Cup spot with authority, the women's decision emerged into a tough nail-biter for the later on winner from Canada who had missed out the final race.
Johnson, a 22-year-old racer competing on the tour since 2009 who had placed fourth in the last race of the season behind of Shinya Momono (JPN), Mick Dierdorff (USA) and Alex Deibold (USA), claimed his career's first title with 2,600 points and a dominating lead over his fellow countryman Robert Minghini (2,375) while Australia's Adam Dickson rounded out the top-3 with 2,255 points.
In the women's event, Meryeta Odine was forced to cross fingers for her career's first title from a distance.
The 19-year-old Canadian did not compete in Copper Mountain as she was representing her home country at the 20th junior world championships in Rogla, Slovenia where she missed the medal ranks as fourth of the women's final and therefore had to hope that her strongest rival Rosina Mancari (USA) would not collect too many points in Copper Mountain.
And the athlete from Canada got lucky as Mancari, the 2015 sbx Nor-Am champ, got eliminated in the semi finals and therefore missed the chance to finish in the top-3 which would have earned her a successful title defence.
Wrapping up things in fifth position behind of Karen Iwadare (JPN), Danielle Steinhoff (USA), Annabel Tudhope (AUS) and Yoshi Kohlwes (USA), the US racer only collected 90 more points finishing off the season with a total of 3,005 points and therefore only 25 behind of Odine (3,030).
Odine's teammate Tayler Wilton (CAN) closed out the Nor-Am season as third of the ranking with 2,446 points.