Pullin claims bronze in sea­son fi­nale

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IN a thrilling fi­nale to the 2016-17 Snow­board Cross World Cup, for­mer Mt Buller snow­boarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin claimed his third World Cup podium this sea­son with a bronze in per­fect con­di­tions on the high-speed course of Veyson­naz, Switzer­land.

Pullin’s bronze marks a wa­ter­shed year for Aus­tralian win­ter sports with skiers and snow­board­ers win­ning a to­tal of 40 medals in World Cup com­pe­ti­tions (35) and at the World Cham­pi­onships (5) in the one sea­son.

The best pre­vi­ous medal haul was 2012/13 with 25 medals (22 and 3).

Pullin qual­i­fied sec­ond, and went on to dom­i­nate his quar­ter and semi-fi­nals – only to be beaten in the big fi­nal by Olympic and World Cham­pion French­man Pierre Vaultier and Alex Dei­bold (USA).

“I’m sat­is­fied with this sea­son in mak­ing most of the fi­nals but I’m cer­tainly left feel­ing hun­gry for next year,” two-time Crys­tal Globe win­ner Pullin said.

“I’m hun­gry to put down an­other year to achieve my third Crys­tal Globe.

“I’m at­tracted to that

“It’s been a re­ally tight year chal­lenge.” be­tween the best four rid­ers.

“There’s been good heats sea­son.

“I’m in a good place and even that alone is a good thing – es­pe­cially com­ing into the Olympics.

“I’ve been on the other side as the win­ner of the Globe and World Cham­pion com­ing into the Olympics.

“I know what that feels like. “This year it will be good to be on the hunt.

“It’s been a re­ally pos­i­tive year for all the Aus­tralian win­ter ath­letes.

“So many are do­ing so well,” he said.

Aus­tralia was well rep­re­sented all in Veyson­naz, hav­ing qual­i­fied six men (in­clud­ing Pullin).

Adam Lam­bert (27th), Cam Bolton (34th), Adam Dick­son (38th), Matt Thomas (41st) and Josh Miller (44th) un­for­tu­nately did not make it past the first heat.

Aus­tralia’s suc­cess­ful win­ter sports pro­grams have de­liv­ered 17 World Cup Gold medals which in­clude seven for Britt Cox (Moguls), two for Scotty James (Snow­board Half­pipe), three for Ly­dia Las­sila (Ae­ri­als), two for Belle Brock­hoff (Snow­board Cross) and one each for Danielle Scott (Ae­ri­als), Alex Pullin (Snow­board Cross) and Matt Gra­ham (Moguls).

BRONZE FOR CHUMPY: Alex Pullin (right) cel­e­brates on the podium at Veyson­naz, Switzer­land. PHOTO: FIS

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