Gulini Second at World Cup Finals in Veysonnaz, Switzerland
Faye Gulini took second place at the finals of the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour 2021/22 at Veysonnaz, Switzerland. This marks a stellar end of the season for the U.S. Snowboard Team pro rider, who started her season off with a second-place finish at the Cervinia World Cup. Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis finished in ninth, with Stacy Gaskill in 13th.
The women’s big final consisted of Gulini, Great Britain’s Charlotte Bankes, France’s Manon Petit Lenoir and Canadian Audrey McManiman. Gulini took the lead from the start and held it through the upper section, powering through the jumps where fourth-place finisher McManiman crashed out. Bankes eventually overtook Gulini through a banked turn midway through the course. Gulini confidently held onto second place across the finish line, followed by Lenoir in third.
“After another stressful season and a lot of adversity thrown at our team this season, I couldn’t be happier to be standing atop a podium here at the World Cup Finals,” said Gulini.
In the men’s field, Senna Leith had the top finish for the men in ninth, with Mick Dierdorff and Hagen Kearney finishing in 17th and Jake Vedder in 25th.
The U.S. Snowboardcross team ends this season with six World Cup podiums—with Gulini, Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner earning two podiums each. Add to this two gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing, where Jacobellis earned gold in women’s snowboardcross, then teaming up with Baumgartner to win gold in the inaugural mixed team event to bring the U.S. team podiums to eight for the season.