Jacqueline Hernandez stands atop the womens' SBX podium with Nelly Moenne Loccoz (FRA) and Zoe Gillings (GBR) FIS/Oliver Kraus
VALMALENCO, Italy (March 16) – Young gun Jacqueline Hernandez (Londonderry, VT) took the women's snowboardcross win today for the first World Cup podium of her career – after only six career starts. U.S. Snowboarding's Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) was seventh, Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) placed ninth which locks him into third for the overall World Cup standings after the season finale
Jacqueline Hernandez's (Londonderry, VT), who rides for ISTC, scored her first World Cup podium with a win
Hernandez has dominated the U.S. Snowboarding Hole Shot Tour and NorAm circuits this season winning all but two events
Nate Holland's (Squaw Valley, CA) ninth place finish was enough to maintain a spot on the overall World Cup podium this season
Alex Deibold (Manchester Center, VT) was 10th and Jayson Hale was 13th. On the women's side Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) placed 10th.
Gulini rode to her sixth top ten finish this season to finish 10th.
Hernandez who is only 19 is a graduate of Stratton Mountain School and will represent the U.S. next week at Junior Worlds in Italy.
QUOTES Jacqueline Hernandez It's so awesome. It's the first time ever I won a World Cup, obviously even podiumed. It's an amazing feeling. The final was really tight. I didn't start in the lead, then I passed, then there was passing everywhere. Then, Maelle (Ricker) fell in the last turn - I just went around her and over the last kicker into the finish.