Seth Wescott Wins Snowboardcross Gold
American Seth Wescott rallied in the homestretch of the snowboardcross event to edge Canada’s Mike Robertson and win the event for the second-consecutive time. Wescott’s amazing comeback also gave the United States its second gold medal in the Games.
Wescott struggled under the difficult conditions at Cypress Mountain, finishing only 17th among 32 riders in the qualifying round. He was also far behind Robertson entering the final stretch, but as unpredictable as the sport is, fellow American and reigning Winter X Games champion Nate Holland, who was close to the leaders at the time, suffered a spinout, pushing Wescott back to third.
Seeing the possibility of finishing on top, Wescott executed five very risk jumps over the final half of the course, leaving the crowd cheering and gasping at the same time. The American’s risk-taking paid off, as he was able to overtake and beat Robertson to the finish line.
France’s Tony Romain took the bronze while Holland settled for fourth place. With the win, Wescott has maintained his monopoly of the sport, which was added in 2006 to inject more excitement into the Winter Olympics.