Bankes scoops first Snowboard Cross World Cup medal of season

Bankes scoops first Snowboard Cross World Cup medal of season

21 December 2018 / 15:35

Great Britain's Charlotte Bankes clinched her first Snowboard Cross World Cup medal of the season with a stunning display in Cervinia, Italy.

The 23-year-old saw off the challenge of France’s Nelly Moenne-Loccoz to gain a place on the podium and record her first medal in Great Britain colours.

Bankes flew through qualification in seventh place to reach the last eight.

Then in the final, the snowboarding supreme fought her way back into contention to claim her second medal in all competitions this season after topping the standings at the Europa Cup in Pitztal.

She said: "I had a good start there with Lindsey and was probably about second into the first turn but then I had some contact from behind and needed to take an outside line into the third or fourth turn and was passed by some of the others," said Bankes.

"I just needed to then get in behind everyone and try to start overtaking when I could but it was a bit of a slow course.

"It's a relief to get the first World Cup under my belt [for Great Britain] and it's a good result after all the hard work."

The overall winner Lindsey Jacobellis never relinquished her top spot and Bankes managed to finish just 0.06s behind Olympic bronze medallist Eva Samkova.

The Hemel Hempstead-born snowboarder represented France internationally at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and PyeongChang but opted to represent Great Britain for the 2018/19 season.

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