Vedder Second at Mont-Sainte-Anne Snowboardcross World Cup
The last day of the of snowboardcross World Cup took place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada and the U.S. Snowboard Team's Jake Vedder walked away with his third podium of his career.
Along with Vedder, U.S. men's snowboardcross athletes Alex Deibold, Nick Baumgartner, Senna Leith, Cody Winters, Hagen Kearney and Tyler Hamel competed. All athletes advanced to the 1/8th final in Saturday's qualifying round, where we saw the top Americans Kearney and Leith in eighth and ninth place. Vedder was the next ranked U.S. athlete in 13th place, which made him hungry for a better position the following day.
The snow was coming down throughout the day and the course was placed on hold several times. The athletes at the top of the course were forced to wait out the conditions until a gap in the weather appeared. Eventually, the weather cleared and the men were set to race head-to-head. Vedder had a stellar day racing his fellow competitors down the banks, jumps and turns.
Starting with the 1/8th final, Vedder qualified to the quarterfinals in first place for his heat. Once again, he was the fastest racer in his quarterfinals heats and advanced as the top qualifier. Semifinals were next on the chopping board and to no one's surprise, Vedder placed first in his heat to move on to the Big Final. As the four final men strapped in and awaited their signal to go, Vedder pumped himself up by shaking out the nerves and giving himself one more clap of the hands. The gates opened and the men were off. Throughout the majority of the race, Vedder was in last. It wasn't until the last jump when Vedder came out of nowhere to secure a very tight second place, shocking his competitors.
His second place result marks Vedder's third career podium and his second of the season. This result tops off a great end to the season for the rider, as he will now look to use this fuel for the next season to come.