World Cup Snowboardcross | Nate Holland tops podium
VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland and#8212; Nate Holland looks primed and ready to reclaim X Games gold.
The Squaw Valley snowboarder captured a win along with American teammate Lindsey Jacobellis in a World Cup Snowboardcross race in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, on Sunday and#8212; three days after he recorded a second-place finish.
It was the final event before Winter X Games 16 in Aspen, Colo., where Holland will try to win a sixth gold medal in seven years in Snowboarder X. He earned bronze last year to end his streak of five consecutive gold medals at the X Games.
Holland took the win Sunday in a photo finish, as he crossed the line a mere half-board length ahead of Swiss Markus Schairer in the final heat.
and#8220;It’s awesome. I knew I was riding well on this course,and#8221; Holland said. and#8220;I love this course like I said, I love the speed. It’s good to hit the podium twice. It’s good to be back in race form.and#8221;
Holland, whose win was his first since last season, now leads the World Cup Snowboardcross rankings. American Callan Chythlook-Sofsof was sixth and Jonathan Cheever eighth. Jayson Hale of Sierraville was 20th on Thursday and 43rd on Sunday.
For Jacobellis, her second win in four days and#8212; and third in as many races this season and#8212; marked the 25th World Cup Snowboardcross win of her career.