Eva Samkova (CZE) and Christopher Robanske (CAN) have clinched their career's first World Cup win in the snowboard cross race which was staged today in Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada.
In the FIS Snowboard World Cup season's third sbx event, the two top-qualifiers flawlessly linked to their outstanding performance in yesterday's time trials held on the 1,100 metres long course which was peppered with 25 features.
Robanske secured his career's first after two podium finishes in Telluride, CO (USA, 2nd 2011, 3rd 2012) ahead of reigning World Champion Alex Pullin (AUS) who had the upper hand in a photo finish for second over Nick Baumgartner (USA). Markus Schairer (AUT) finished in fourth position.
In a tight and close battle from top to finish, which featured the top-4 qualifiers, the now second ranked rider of the World Cup ranking (320 points behind of Pullin, 2,100) was able to make the decisive pass in the first turn on the bottom part, which favoured him as the only one on the toe edge.
“That's were I'm really strong, on my toe-side edge. I decided to capitalize on that and go with it. So, I set myself in the position early on to be able to move inside of that turn and well, it worked out pretty well. So I'm pretty happy,” said Robanske.
However, “pretty happy” was a little bit understated.
“This win means more to me than just proving to myself that I'm among the best. I know that the riding is there and I know that I can produce these results. Now I have to focus on consistency and hopefully have another win in Sochi at the next World Cup stop.”
But the sixth male Canuck to claim a SBX World Cup win was also proud of finally having a Canadian on top of the podium again.
“I'm pretty happy to break that losing streak for the Canadian men. It couldn't have been a better place than here in Canada to do so.”
The last Canadian to win was Drew Neilson in Lake Placid, 2007.
Samkova - First ever Czech girl to win a SBX World Cup
On the women's side, Samkova, who had placed on a World Cup podium only once till today (Second in Valmalenco, Italy, 2011) edged off 2013 SBX World Championships Silver medalist and current World Cup leader Dominique Maltais (CAN, 2,800 points) to the second spot and thus celebrated the first ever Snowboard Cross World Cup win for a Czech girl.
This win, the third Czech one over both genders, was more than just well-deserved as the 19-years-old was able to win all of her heats on the road to victory.
“It was a perfect day. Everything worked out well, from my board to my skills on the course. But it was also tough because Dominique (Maltais) and Maelle (Ricker) were also very fast,” explained Samkova after the finals.
Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) took third crossing the finish line ahead of reigning Olympic and World Champion Maelle Ricker (CAN) in the women's finals.
- Final results women
- Final bracket women
- SBX World Cup ranking women
- Final results men
- Final bracket men
- SBX World Cup ranking men
Photos: Marc Landry