(ISN) – VEYSONNAZ, Switzerland – A successful season continued for Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., on Saturday as he won the bronze medal at the season-opening World Cup snowboard cross event.
It was a close race with Hill finishing just behind Sochi Olympic silver medalist Nikolay Olyunin of Russia and the winner of the event, Lucas Eguibar of Spain.
Hill, an X-Games medalist, also captured silver last month at the world championships in Kreishburg, Austria. He was second in his 1/8th final run, first in his quarterfinal heat and second in his semi heat. The top-three advanced each time.
Fellow Canadian Baptiste Brochu of Saguenay, Que. finished 15th as he advanced to the quarterfinals.
On the women’s side, Michela Moioli of Italy won the event continuing her comeback from a serious knee injury she sustained in the Olympic final 13 months ago. The 19-year-old Italian also took bronze at the worlds in Kreischberg, Austria.
Moioli led the final throughout and finished ahead of two French racers, Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Chloe Trespeuch.
Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-François, Que., came close to the podium, finishing fourth in the six-woman final. She won her quarterfinal and was third in her semi.
”Because I didn’t fare well in qualifying yesterday I always had the last choice for the start gate,” said Maltais. ”I had to fight hard to battle the other girls in the semifinals and finals. The course was especially challenging and on the last section I landed too far on the flat and lost my timing.”
Veysonnaz hosts another World Cup event Sunday and the season concludes next weekend at La Molina, Spain.