Nate Holland keeps it rolling with Boreal victory
BOREAL ” It was a dejà vu Sunday. One week after their X Games victories, Truckee’s Nate Holland and Lindsey Jacobellis of Stratton Mountain, Vt., took to the top of the podium again, winning the first stop of the Visa Snowboardcross Championship Series at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix presented by Visa at Boreal Resort.
Tahoe Paradise’s Joanie Anderson, recently sixth at the X Games, finished runner-up to Jacobellis.
For Holland, it was huge to get the win in his hometown to give his friends a taste of what they can’t see when he’s on the road.
“I was claiming encore performance from X Games all week long to myself, telling myself that everybody is going to expect a lot out of me, and I’m stoked,” Holland said. “I’m proud to have everyone come out; it was a good showing and I am just stoked.”
While Holland appears to be dominating with back-to-back wins, he says each win is hard fought and never easy.
“I’ve had to fight for every one of my victories. It feels amazing, for sure. I know I am riding well, so it’s not a surprise to me, but I’ve just got to keep this ball rolling for the rest of the season,” Holland said. “I’m on a roll now, so I’m just going to ride this one out as hard and fast as I can.”
Holland led a U.S. Snowboarding sweep of the men’s podium with Graham Watanabe of Sun Valley, Idaho, in second and Nick Baumgartner of Iron River, Mich., in third.
“I wasn’t expecting much, but honestly, a lot of times whether it’s in training or otherwise, if I feel like I’m riding like crap something good comes out of it,” Watanabe said.
In the women’s race, Jacobellis was a sure shot from the start, getting the hole shot and stretching her lead in each heat.
“I was really happy with the way I was riding. I was one of the few people who were able to link the features right out of the gate because they’re really hard to clear and get to the sweet spot. It was huge to try and make those two transitions,” Jacobellis said. “Turn four was the only thing I had to worry about because it started to get really chopped from everyone going so fast into it. But once I got to the rollers I was home free.
The tour now moves on to Killington Resort in Vermont for the final halfpipe and the Paul Mitchell Progression Session March 14-15.
1. Nate Holland, Squaw Valley
2. Graham Watanabe, Sun Valley, Idaho
3. Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, Mich.
4. Seth Wescott, Sugarloaf, Maine
5. Jason Smith, Basalt, Colo.
1. Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, Vt.
2. Joanie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe
3. Kim Krahulec, Silverthorne, Colo.
4. Ziggy Cowan, Canada
5. Gesine Sahlfeld, Germany
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