Pullin claims bronze in season finale
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