It's been four years, but Seth Wescott has finally claimed a World Cup win. The two-time Olympic champion took the USANA Snowboardcross cup over Australia’s Alex Pullin today at Telluride. Two years ago it was a completely different scene when Wescott found himself at the losing end of a photo finish against France’s Pierre Vaultier. This time around Wescott pulled through for the win after battling Pullin all afternoon; going back and forth for the lead three times in the final four-man heat.
“I had another good upper section, I pulled drag on (Canadian Chris) Robanske and got by him by the second triple. I had been having problems on that second straightaway all week. The second set of rollers were a little choppy so it was hard to make an effective pump. I was almost happy each run when someone would come by me and I could pull draft again.” Revealed Wescott, “So when Alex came by me I knew I could set him up for turn six. I had a great turn five and just carried that momentum. On the lower section, it was snowing so hard that I was just waiting off the finish jump because I didn't go far enough. I was waiting for someone to slingshot me. But I didn't want to look, I was just down in my tuck and hoping that finish line would come as fast as it could.”
The comeback win came after Wescott ended his season early last January with a bad knee injury. “It feels really good to be back. I didn't even get into heats in Austria last week. So when I hole-shotted that first one I said, 'here we go, I love doing this.” Said Wescott.
Canada’s Dominique Maltais won the women’s title, with U.S. Snowboarding’s Faye Gulini coming in at ninth. Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) was in third place a week ago but finished at seventh. Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Alex Diebold (Park City, UT) and rookie Trevor Jacob (Mammoth Mountain, CA) all moved into the quarterfinals before dropping out.
NBC Sport Network will air the USANA Snowboardcross Cup at 4:00 p.m. EST Saturday, December 15.
NBC will air the USANA Ski and Snowboardcross Cup at 3:00 p.m. EST Saturday, December 22.