Grand finale for Robanske



(ISN) – LA MOLINA, Spain- Canada’s Chris Robanske capped a tough World Cup season with a gold medal in the men’s snowboardcross on Saturday.

In the big final, the North Vancouver rider capitalized on a strong start defending his lead in an extremely close race and crossed the finish line first. Olympic bronze medallist Alex Deibold of the U.S. and two-time world champion Alex Pullin of Australia followed.

“I cannot really put it into words,” said Robanske, savouring a second career win. “I had a really hard season riding well but with some injuries.”

Facing tough weather conditions with heavy snow fall in the Pyrenees, Robanske felt confindent.

“I woke up today with a good mind set as everybody had the same conditions today,” he said. I don’t mind this weather they were having today. I’m really happy to get a good result.”

Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., a double bronze medallist last weekend, was 15th which knocked him down to fourth overall in the World Cup standings. Robanske was fifth overall.

On the women’s side, Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-François, Que., ranked second overall after a sixth place finish on Saturday.

Charlotte Banks led France to a 1-2 finish in Saturday’s race

Nelly Moenne Loccoz, Saturday’s runner-up, took the overall crown ahead of Maltais, a gold medallist last weekend and last year’s Crystal Globe champion.

Tess Chritchlow of Kelowna, B.C., was 11th Saturday.