Thanks to Infostrade Sports we are once again in the position to bring you some brief facts about snowboard cross which became a World Championships event in San Candido, Italy, 1997.
> Seth Wescott (USA) has won four total medals in Snowboardcross in WChs history – one gold, three silver. This makes Wescott the most decorated (most total medals) male snowboarder in any single event at the WChs.
> Wescott is also the oldest ever male snowboarder to win a medal in any event at the WChs. In 2011, he took silver in Snowboardcross at 34 years and 204 days.
> Wescott is also the only man with three silver medals at the WChs. With another silver, he will equal the outright record for men and women – four by Karine Ruby (FRA).
> Xavier De Le Rue (FRA) is the only athlete with multiple gold medals in men’s Snowboardcross, won in 2003 and 2007. In 2009, he added a silver medal.
> De Le Rue is one of three male snowboarders with two (or more) golds in a single discipline at the WChs, with Jasey-Jay Anderson (CAN – Parallel Giant Slalom) and Benjamin Karl (AUT – Parallel Slalom).
> De Le Rue could become the first man with three gold medals in a single WChs event.
> Besides Wescott and De Le Rue, Nate Holland (USA) is the only snowboarder with multiple medals in Snowboardcross – bronze in 2007 and 2011.
> Since 2003, the USA have had at least one athlete on the podium at every WChs. However, their last (and only) gold medal came in 2005 – Wescott at Whistler.
> Since 2005, seven of the 12 available medals in men’s Snowboardcross went to boarders from the United States.
> At the WChs, this event has been dominated by two women, who won three gold medals each: Karine Ruby (FRA – 1997, 2001, 2003) and Lindsey Jacobellis (USA - 2005, 2007, 2011). Julie Pomagalski (FRA - 1999) and Helene Olafsen (NOR - 2009) won the other two.
> Only one woman other than Ruby and Jacobellis managed to win three golds in a single WChs event: Doriane Vidal (FRA) at Halfpipe.
> Jacobellis could become the second woman (after Ruby’s 6) with four combined gold medals at the WChs.
> Dominique Maltais (CAN) has won both World Cup events this season. Maëlle Ricker (CAN), the other local favourite, claimed silver in the last event, at Telluride (USA) in December, 2012.
> Maltais (in 2011) and Ricker (in 2005, also in Canada at Whistler) both already claimed a bronze medal at the WChs. They are looking to give Canada the first gold medal in this event.
> French women have won nine total medals in Snowboardcross. No other country has won that many in a single WChs event. Austria follow with seven medals each in Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom.