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Noah Elliott Wins Back-to-Back in Landgraaf

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 11 2023
Noah Elliott smiles on the podium after winning in the first World Cup of the season in Landgraaf.
Noah Elliott on the podium after winning at the first banked slalom World Cup of the season in Landgraaf, Netherlands.

The world's most dominant Para snowboard team took no time showing this year's competition that they are stronger than ever. The season kicked off in Landgraaf, Netherlands, with a set of banked slalom events, where the U.S. Para Snowboard Team secured seven podiums throughout two days of competition. 

The competition was held in the “ice box,” an indoor venue that the team has grown to love, as it has become a familiar stop to start the season.  

Noah Elliott’s back-to-back wins highlighted the event in a stacked field in the LL1 classification. Elliott, a two-time Paralympic medalist, has been an integral part of the U.S. team since 2017.

“I am thrilled to have had such an incredible start to the season. All summer, I have been preparing mentally and physically for how intense the season will become,” said Elliott. “I made it a point to spend more time in my recovery and strength training in preparation to ride at my absolute best. Moving forward, I’m continuing to train hard and push myself. I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my teammates on snow and at competitions.”

Due to a smaller pool of participants in the women’s LL1 and LL2 classifications, athletes will compete in combined-class events this season. Despite competing against athletes in different classifications, Brenna Huckaby showed her dominance in the women’s field by bringing home second and third-place finishes. 

On day one, Evan Strong was also on the podium in the first event in third, followed by Keith Gabel in fourth, Zach Miller in fifth, and Joe Pleban in sixth. Additional podiums on day two of the competition came from Mike Minor in second and Miller in third. Just off the podium was Gabel with another solid fourth-place finish, along with Strong in fifth and Pleban in sixth.  

The team is heading into a training block before their next World Cup event in Pyha, Finland, in February.

Men, Day One
Women, Day One
Men, Day Two
Women, Day Two