Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin landed on the Olympic stage at the Vancouver Games in 2010. He contested the dynamic Snowboard Cross event and posted the fastest qualifying time, but crashed out in the first round of head-to-head racing, placing 17th overall.
After Vancouver, Pullin launched an assault on the World Cup circuit with a succession of podium finishes that saw him win the overall 2011 World Cup Title and take out the 2011 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Two years later, Pullin had what he described as ‘the perfect season’ executing flawless race plans. He made seven finals from seven races to grab the World Cup title again. He also defended his World Title, winning back-to-back World Championships in Stoneham, Canada.
Pullin competed at his second Olympics in Sochi, Russia, carrying the Flag in the Opening Ceremony. Pullin breezed through the round of 32, the first of the knock-out finals, but in his quarter-final, bad luck played its trump card, setting him an insurmountable challenge. After missing the start, he fought his way back to be within reach of the leaders, only to choose a line through a corner that was affected by soft snow, causing him to dig in an edge of his board, which washed off much of his speed. It was a situation that not even Pullin, one of the best race technicians in the sport, could fix, relegating him to 13th overall.