Squaw Valley native Pat Holland takes first World Cup podium in snowboardcross

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 19, 2010 6:21 pm

A big congratulations to Squaw Valley’s own Pat Holland! The snowboardcross World Cup competitor landed third in today’s competition in Span, marking his first ever World Cup podium finish.

“It felt really good. I just kept working hard. All year I was riding at a really high level, I just didn’t have any results. It just clicked today,” Holland said. “I’m really happy with the way I rode. I had to fight through every round, but I fought well and made it to the podium.”

Clinching the overall title with a first place win was France’s Pierre Vaultier. Earning silver was Australia’s Alex Pullin. Vaultier said, “it’s a nice redemption and very important for my confidence. It was a great season and I hope that I will be able to tie up to it next year.”

Holland then went on to explain that his third place finish was a dog fight between him and Italian Alberto Schiavon. “Alberto and I were behind fighting for third he pulled away from me a bit and we were going into the second of last turn and I’m determined to make the podium, so I laid it down in the last two turns and made the pass in the last bank for third,” Holland said. “I made passes where I wanted to make passes in places other guys couldn’t, so I’m pumped.”

He commented on how this podium finish gives him a surge of confidence going into future seasons. “I always knew I could, but my confidence comes from actually doing it. Now it helps my confidence and frame of mind that I have done it. Next step is to win a World Cup. It’s one of my goals, and I had a chance today but I didn’t get it going in the start,” Holland said. “It felt good and I’m happy with a third, but I’m not satisfied yet. I’ll keep working and keep the motivation going.”

U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach Peter Foley wasn’t surprised with the standout performance from Holland: “He really rode the best out of anyone on the team all week. He was setting examples for everyone to follow in video and to have him ride the whole race that way was awesome,” Foley said.

La Molina, Spain – March 19, 2010

1. Pierre Vaultier, France
2. Alex Pullin, Australia
3. Pat Holland, Squaw Valley, CA
4. Alberto Schiavon, Italy
5. Lukas Gruener, Austria

1. Helene Olafsen, Norway
2. Simona Meiler, Switzerland
3. Maelle Ricker, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
4. Alexandra Jekova, Bulgaria
5. Dominique Maltais, Petite-Rivière-St.-François, QC, Canada