After only six starts, Jacqueline Hernandez earned the first World Cup podium of her career after placing first in the women’s snowboardercross competition taking place in Valmalenco, Italy. Hernandez who is only 19 is a graduate of Stratton Mountain School and will represent the U.S. next week at Junior Worlds in Italy.
An elated Hernandez spoke to the sensation of winning her first event, saying, “It’s so awesome. It’s the first time ever I won a World Cup, obviously even podiumed. It’s an amazing feeling. The final was really tight. I didn’t start in the lead, then I passed, then there was passing everywhere. Then, Maelle (Ricker) fell in the last turn – I just went around her and over the last kicker into the finish.”
U.S. Snowboarding’s Nick Baumgartner was seventh and Nate Holland placed ninth. His ninth place finis is just enough to lock him into third for the overall World Cup standings after the season finale