Alex Deibold and Nick Baumgartner podiumed at the first snowboardcross team World Cup race of the season on Sunday. (FIS)
MONTAFON, Austria (Dec. 18, 2016)—Americans Alex Deibold (Boulder, CO) and Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) secured a third-place finish at the first snowboardcross team World Cup race of the season on Sunday.
It was an exciting final with multiple lead changes and lots of passing. In the end, Spanish team of Laro Herrero and Lucas Eguibar edged the field for the win. Emanuel Perathoner and Omar Visintin of Italy took second, while Deibold and Baumgartner were able to capitalize on a finish-line crash to take the podium position.
For the ladies, Rosie Mancari (Anchorage, AK) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) made the final and finished just off the podium in fourth place.
Hagen Kearney (Telluride, CO), who scored his first World Cup win in the individual race on Saturday, was ninth with teammate Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA).
The American snowboardcross athletes will have a holiday break, then will return for the second event of the season at Solitude, UT January 19-22. Solitude is slated to host the snowboardcross world championships in 2019.
U.S. Snowboarding SBX team members Alex Deibold and Nick Baumgartner were third.
Rosie Mancari and Lindsey Jacobellis made the final and finished just off the podium in fourth place.