Gulini Rides to First Career Podium
MONTAFON, Austria (Dec. 16, 2017) – Olympian Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) rode to a second place podium spot in Saturday's snowboardcross World Cup in Montafon. It was her first career podium, barely missing out on the win in a photo finish with Italy's Michela Moioli.
Gulini's podium finish puts her in a good spot heading into Olympic team selection in January along with teammate Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, Vt.), who won a World Cup earlier this week in Val Thorens, France. France's Nelly Moenne Loccoz rounded out the women's podium in third. Jacobellis was 11th.
"I’ve been wanting this for my whole career," said Gulini. "I feel like I’ve been very close numerous times, but it’s nice to finally seal the deal. It really couldn't have gone better today, I'm really happy. I think a lot of people think before you get your first podium it’s like a mental block or a thing that you’ve gotta get before you get multiple podiums, so maybe now I’m due for a few more."
Mick Dierdorf (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was the top U.S. men's finisher, winning the small final to finish fifth. Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, Mich.) also made the top 10, finishing seventh. Australia's Jarryd Hughes took the win followed by Austrians Alessandro Haemmerle and Markus Schairer in second and third.
World Cup action continues Dec. 17 with men's and women's team events.
HOW TO WATCH (times EST)
5:30 a.m. – Snowboardcross team event; Montafon – olympicchannel.com
2:00 p.m. – Snowboardcross team event; Montafon – Olympic Channel TV (same day delay)