It was THAT close! France's Xavier De la Rue is just an eyelash ahead of U.S. Snowboarding's Nick Baumgartner at the finish of the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at the USANA Snowboardcross Cup. (FIS/Oliver Kraus)
TELLURIDE, CO (Dec. 17) - U.S. Snowboarding's Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) celebrated his 30th birthday with another visit to the podium. Baumgartner teamed with Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) to take second in the Paul Mitchell Progression Session team SBX event at the USANA Snowboardcross Cup, barely losing to France in a photo finish. Friday's individual winner Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) paired with Callan Chythlook-Sifsof (Anchorage) for third. France swept to both men's and women's titles.
HIGHLIGHTS Second podiums of the weekend for Lindsey Jacobellis (first Friday) and Nick Baumgartner (third Friday). USANA Snowboardcross Cup caps a 10-day training camp and competition in Telluride, the third year the Colorado resort has hosted the U.S. Snowboarding SBX Team. A formal ceremony showcasing the U.S. Snowboarding SBX Team was held in a nearby plaza immediately following the event.
QUOTES Nick Baumgartner That was a big lead I almost caught up. I just pointed and went for it. I pinned it towards, I almost had him.
I feel super pleased. It's good to be 30. (celebrated 30th birthday Saturday)
TV Dec. 31, 5:00 p.m. – NBC (SBX) Jan. 7, 4:00 p.m. – Versus (PGS) Jan. 7, 5:00 p.m. – Versus (SBX) Jan. 7, 6:00 p.m. – Versus (Paul Mitchell Progression Session, Team SBX)