2019 FIS World Freestyle Championships

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By Steve Cuff in Utah.

AUSTRALIAN athletes kicked off their 2019 FIS World Freestyle Championship campaign at Solitude Mountain, Utah with the men’s snowboard cross competition on day one of the championships.

Two time World Champion Alex “Chumpy” Pullin was attempting to win his third world title but there was no fairy tale finish for any of the Aussies today, with Pullin and Adam Lambert progressing to the round of 16 and Cam Bolton eliminated in his first heat.

On a tight fast course, officials had reduced the heats from 6 man to 4 man, and even that did not stop Pullin from being squeezed into the fence in the first turn in the round of 16. From there he could not make up the ground.

Australia’s Alex “Chumpy” Pullin is squeezed on the first turn which would cost him dearly and finish his day as he could not make up lost ground. Photo Steve Cuff.

The start was not favourable for Lambert in his round of 16 where he was behind right from the word go which put an end to his campaign after such a promising start in his first heat.

Cam Bolton looked set to progress as he was second early in the race, but he could not hang on to that position and was eliminated early.

Australia’s Adam Lambert (blue) on the pace in his first heat in round of 32 at Solitude, Utah, USA for the 2019 FIS World Freestyle Championships. Photo Steve Cuff.
Australia’s Alex “Chumpy” Pullin (red) in his first heat in round of 32 at Solitude, Utah, USA for the 2019 FIS World Freestyle Championships. Photo Steve Cuff.
Australia’s Cam Bolton (yellow) in his first heat in round of 32 at Solitude, Utah, USA for the 2019 FIS World Freestyle Championships. Photo Steve Cuff.

Winter Olympic silver Medallist Jarryd Hughes was a shock non qualifier failing to make the top 32. He told Snowy Mountains Magazine that he made an error in the first turn on both his qualifying runs and therefore could match the times of the top competitors.

USA’s Mick Deirdorff celebrated his first major win with a gold medal in the men’s snowboard cross, much to the delight of his family and home fans who celebrated wildly at the finish.

The final jump in the men’s final where Mick Dierdorff (green) claims the 2019 World Championship in snowboard cross. Photo Steve Cuff

Czech Republic’s Eva Samkova won the women’s competition with home town favourite and five time defending World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis relegated to fifth overall.

Later this afternoon Australian ski cross racer Sami Kennedy-Sim qualified for the Women’s Final which will be run on the same course at Solitude on Saturday February 2. The Championship opening ceremony is on at Park City on Saturday evening followed by a week of events that will see Australians compete in most disciplines.

Snowboard Cross Results

Women
Eva Samkova, CZE
Charlotte Bankes, GBR
Michela Moioli, ITA

Men
Mick Dierdorff, USA
Hanno Douschan, AUT
Emanuel Perathoner, ITA

About the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships
More than 1,400 athletes from 40 nations are competing in 25 World Championship medal events from February 1-10 in Solitude, Park City and Deer Valley. You can see more information on the event at https://2019worldchamps.com/

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