Maltais and Pullin awarded with SBX World Cup title
Dominique Maltais (CAN) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) have won the last snowboard cross event of the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup which was staged in Sierra Nevada, Spain, today.
The Canadian World Cup title winner (who secured the Globe ahead of Moenne Loccoz and Moioli) dominated the women's final right from the start and celebrated her season's fourth deservedly ahead of Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) and Maelle Ricker (CAN).
Maltais thus became the first woman since Lindsey Jacobellis (USA, 2009 season) to win four races in a World Cup season.
“It's crazy. I can't believe it. Yesterday and this morning, the course was crazy fast and I was like there is no reason I gonna get hurt here. I could pull out as the Globe was in my hand already.
But I knew the course would get easier and more fun to ride. I'm really happy that I pushed myself to do the race today. I'm happy to finish the season with a big win and the Globe. I'm really stoked,” said Maltais after ending her season on a high note.
In addition, the firefighter from Montreal podiumed in six out of seven World Cup races missing the top-10 only once as 13th in Sochi.
Vaultier is back on top
On the men's side, Pierre Vaultier came out on top of the final run. The French rider relegated Markus Schairer (AUT) and Omar Visintin (ITA) to second and third respectively.
However, the 25-years-old had to “survive” a moment of shock in the last run of the day.
“It's a nice finish for the season but the final was not what I was expecting.
I crashed into Lucas (Eguibar) and kicked him out. I was faster but he closed the door in front of me. There was nothing I could have done to avoid it.
But it's a nice finish. I'm on top of the podium again. That's the most important thing.”
As a result, Vaultier was able to win at least one race in each of the last FIS Snowboard World Cup seasons.
Pullin sits out final race and takes home the Globe
Alex Pullin (AUS), who was awarded with Maltais as 2013 Snowboard Cross World Cup winners took a pass on starting today.
“This season, I just wanted to aim for finals. In the seven races I really went for I got seven finals. So, I decided to sit this last race out.
I had so much success already and the Globe locked away. I didn't really had that fire in the stomach anymore. When I'm normally feeling like that it's normally a good idea to just take a back step. I'm very happy with my season,” explained the reigning World Champion.
“It was a perfect season. I came into this one feeling really ready, done all the work, done all the preparation and had a great team behind me.
I got underway pretty well with some good and solid results under my belt. I really wanted to focus on the World Championships which I won. I carried that momentum in the rest of the season of the World Cup,” said Pullin who edged off Schairer and Visintin to second and third of the final SBX rankings.
The FIS Snowboard World Cup final in Sierra Nevada, Spain, continue next Monday with the Slopestyle qualifiers.