Adam Lambert came onto the international Snowboard Cross scene as a 15-year-old four years ago in the Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain in USA, placing 20th and after a mere handful of international events, went on to place 15th in the Junior World Championships in 2015.
He started out his northern winter season in 2016 with the Europa Cup series in Austria, France and Germany, with an impressive win in three out of five Europa Cup events, giving him the opportunity to contest his very first World Cup.
The Jindabyne born and bred skier enjoyed a remarkable breakout season being the first Aussie to win the overall men’s overall Europa Cup Snowboard Cross title and qualifying for his World Cup debut.
As a rider with no World Cup history, Lambert made his first appearance at the top level with a 52nd place in Feldberg, Germany accumulating 14.90 FIS points on February 11, 2017. The next day Lambert came in at 7th place at the second Feldberg World Cup, collecting an impressive 360 points.
Following another Junior World Championship in the Czech Republic (19th place) and two more Europa Cups in Italy in late February, Lambert qualified 23rd for his second World Cup in La Molina, Spain.
He again took the initiative on the inside and made the second final, coming one place better than his Feldberg debut with an overall sixth.
Next up for the newcomer was his first World Championship in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Qualifying in 14th place, Lambert brought all his skills to the fore to make another second final and finish sixth overall.
Lambert was Australia’s youngest snowboard cross athlete at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, where he finished 29th in his Games debut. Lambert narrowly missed out on progressing through to the quarter finals after being caught up in a crash in the eighth finals, finishing just outside the top three in fourth place.
Q & A
Proudest moment: My proudest moment would have to be qualifying into heats for the first time. I finished qualification in 29th out of 32 places, I ended up finishing the race in 7th place which flicked a switch in my brain as I had shown myself that I could compete at the highest level, and not just be an extra number in the background.
I began my sport in 2008 when I was 10 at the time and my friends had a two-man snowboard team in the regional Interschools race and were looking for a third member. I had never competed in snowboarding before but I had competed in ski racing so I thought why not let’s give it a go and entered with them.
When I am not in training or competing I am: Wakeboarding/Wakesurfing
I enjoy my sport because of the huge range of styles that different people bring to the sport. I’m not the tallest bloke in the world, sitting at a pretty average 173cms, and I compete against a field of men that average around 183-185, because of this I have to use different tactics to these guys, where they may be able to pump a section I might have to jump them because my legs aren’t quite long enough to absorb the feature. This adds a whole other element to the sport for me and forces me to think outside the box, that’s why I love the sport.
Education: HSC Graduate
Favourite international competition: World Championships
Favourite Food: Aussie BBQ
Favourite Music: Indie Rock
Favourite other sport to watch or play: If I get a chance I enjoy watching the NRL, I used to follow it a lot more closely but now I watch whenever my home team is on.
Favourite sporting team: Canberra Raiders
My hero is Stephen Bradbury, he showed the world that you have to be in it to win it, just because you think you might be at a disadvantage for whatever reason is no excuse not to give something your all, you can always surprise yourself.
Sponsors: Oneill, Cherri Pow Boardstore, High Country Fitness
Childhood Ambition: Similarly to most kids who start out in the world of sport, my childhood ambition was to be the best in the world, as it still is today.
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