Today marked a milestone for Alex Tuttle from Sugarloaf, ME as he stepped onto the FIS Snowboard World Cup podium for the first time in World Cup career.
Tuttle, from Carrabasset Valley Academy, was at the top of his game as he took the highest score for the U.S. in Valmalenco, Italy. He ended in second place.
“That’s by far my best result. I never made a big final before. To finish the first one like this was great. I battled with Stian (Sivertzen) all day. He was riding phenomenal. It was great, awesome. I didn’t expect this at all. I came in super tired. I had a ton of races in the past weeks. My hopes weren’t that high, but it seems that it clicked today,” Tuttle said.
Norway’s Stian Sivertzen took the top position. Hagen Kearney of Telluride, Colorado went home with fifth but leads the Nor Am tour in overall points. And Pat Holland of Squaw Valley ended in ninth.
The U.S. Team is looking solid as they head into the final World Cup race Friday, March 16. Sitting at second in the snowboardcross World Cup standings, Nate Holland looks to hold onto his spot, as his competition is close behind. Nick Baumgartner is in sixth in the season standings. Jonathan Cheever is currently in fourth but is out for the season.