Australia's Alex Pullin barely inches ahead of Nate Holland at the Arosa snowboardcross, giving him a second place finish and his first World Cup podium of the season. (FIS/Oliver Kraus)
AROSA, Switzerland (March 9) – Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) took his first World Cup podium of the season with a second place finish in the World Cup snowboardcross Saturday. In the finals Holland used the third jump to launch past Australia’s Alex Pullin to lead, but Pullin lurched ahead of Holland at the finish, winning by an inch or less. Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) pulled out the best U.S. women's finish with the seventh spot after winning the U.S. title at the Sprint Grand Prix at Canyons last week. Canada’s Dominique Maltais took the win for the women.
Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) finished second in the World Cup snowboardcross Saturday in Arosa, Switzerland.
It was his first World Cup podium of the season; his last podium was at Veysonnaz, Switzerland in January 2012.
Holland beat out tough competition throughout the heats, including teammate John Cheever (Saugus, MA) in 1/8 finals and his brother Pat Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) in quarterfinals.
Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) were out in the quarterfinals. Wescott battled in a tough heat against the day’s winner, Australia’s Alex Pullin.
Trevor Jacob (Mammoth Lakes, CA) finished seventh, his sixth career snowboardcross race.
Alex Deibold (Manchester Center, VT), who qualified in second, was out in 1/8 finals.
Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) pulled out the best U.S. finish for women with the seventh spot, coming off of winning the U.S. Champ title at the Sprint Grand Prix at Canyons.
Canada’s Dominique Maltais took the win for the women.
Next up the team heads to Veysonnaz, Switzerland March 15-17.
QUOTES Nate Holland It's always a disappointment to lose to Pullin, especially when you are that close. It's great to to be on the World Cup podium and I am stoked. This year is kind of a building block for next year. I've been battling some bruised ribs and an ankle since Sochi. I do feel like I am back on top of my game and that was one hell of a race.
I wasn't sure if the pass I took on Pullin on jump three was going to stick, but I knew the snow was soft so I I knew I could trust it. I had a clean pass there, but he got me at the finish. I didn't know. Races like this make it all worth it, that's boardercross and it's the best. Podium finishes are always a pleasure.