- 16 Feb 2006
- IOC News
First Olympic Gold Medal in Snowboard Cross
American Seth Wescott is the first Olympic gold medallist in the Snowboard cross event which makes its debut on the Olympic programme at the Games in Turin. In front of an enthusiastic crowd in Bardonnechia, the 29 year-old North Carolina native finished with 1000 points placing him ahead of Radoslav Zidek of Slovakia and Paul-Henri Delerue of France.
Snowboard cross is fast-paced and action-packed and had been compared by some to motocross. Athletes race against each other in groups of four on a specially built 700m snowboard cross course that includes banked turns, jumps and waves. No points are given for style and the first athlete across the finish line wins.
The women’s snowboard cross event takes place 17 February.
Snowboard cross makes its Olympic debut in Turin having been added to the Olympic Programme in 2003. Snowboard was introduced at the Games in 1998 in Nagano, with medal events for men and ladies in the giant slalom and in the halfpipe. At the Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City, the programme was modified so that both men and ladies competed in the parallel giant slalom and not the giant slalom.