Australian Gold & Silver in Snowboard Cross at X-Games
1 February 2016
SNOWBOARD: It’s been a golden morning for Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) athlete Jarryd Hughes at the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado this morning.
The young Australian has taken out first place in the Men’s Snowboard Cross Final, with two-time World Champion, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin finishing a close second to put the two OWIA athletes on the podium.
After fantastic performances across the whole weekend, 20-year old Hughes was naturally ecstatic with his victory.
“I was in Germany for a World Cup last week, and all I could think about was winning Gold here,” Hughes said.
“I just raced my race and did it; I am so happy right now,” he added.
Belle Brockhoff finished fourth in the Women’s Snowboard Cross Final to make it a great games for the OWIA Snowboard team.
Additionally, young Ben Tudhope from NSW finished third in the Men’s Adaptive Snowboard Cross final.
Australian Winter athletes have had an outstanding fortnight around the world, with Scotty James finishing third in the Snowboard Super Pipe final yesterday at the X-Games, while Matt Graham finished second last weekend in the Moguls World Cup event in Canada, and now lies fourth overall in the World Cup standings.
In Aerials, David Morris currently leads the World Cup competition after the first event in Beijing.
Alex Pullin is currently lying fourth in the World Cup standings in Snowboard Cross, while Belle Brockhoff is sixth.
With so many strong results so far this season, the team of athletes is extremely excited with the next Winter Olympics, to be held in PyeongChang, Korea, just under two years away.
Olympic Winter Institute of Australia