It has been an historic day for Australian Winter sport, with Belle Brockhoff and Alex “Chumpy” Pullin winning the Women’s and Men’s World Cup Snowboard Cross Gold Medals at the season ending event in Baqueira Beret, Spain.
For Brockhoff, it was her first ever World Cup victory, and after two second place podium finishes this season, the 23 year-old Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA)/New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athlete was understandably elated.
"It was a very special and happy moment for me," Brockhoff reflected.
"It was something I've been aiming for this year, and finally pulled it together at the very last race."
Brockhoff was unstoppable today, winning both her quarter and semi-final, and after another fast start in the Final, was able to hold off all challengers to claim her biggest career highlight to date.
The victory also saw Brockhoff climb the rankings to finish the World Cup season ranked third; her best result after finishing fifth last season.
Two-time World Champion and fellow OWIA/NSWIS athlete Alex “Chumpy” Pullin was equally as impressive in each of his finals today.
Pullin was quick out of the gates on every occasion, including the Final, which he dominated from the outset, holding off Canada’s Kevin Hill and local favourite, Lucas Eguibar.
The victory sees Pullin improve his end of season ranking to fifth in the world.
NSWIS Snowboarder Matt Thomas finished in 23rd place after placing third in his first round heat.
TOP - Belle Brockhoff on top of the podium after winning the first World Cup of her career in Spain © FIS/Mario Sobrino
BOTTOM - Alex Pullin celebrates after crossing the line in first place in Spain © FIS/Mario Sobrino
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