- Brenna Huckaby won back-to-back gold medals with a banked slalom win today at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships.
- Huckaby captured her second world title at Big White after defending her gold from 2015 in snowboard-cross on Saturday.
- Team USA collected four medals today from Huckaby, Mike Minor, Mike Schultz and Amy Purdy, bringing home a total of 10 medals from Canada.
KELOWNA, B.C. – Brenna Huckaby (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) put the finishing touch on her unstoppable quest for gold at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships, winning her second world title of the week today in banked slalom.
The 21-year-old earned her first world championship in banked slalom, upgrading her silver from the 2015 championships after posting an impressive mark in the first run and besting it in the final race to grab gold with a time of 1:16.62. Huckaby was in fine form despite taking off last season, defeating the previous banked slalom champion Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon of France in the women’s LL1 class in both disciplines to add a fourth world championship medal, including three gold, to her resume.
After pulling out of the snowboard-cross race earlier in the week due to a lingering injury, Amy Purdy (Las Vegas, Nevada) powered back to the podium, joining Huckaby with a third place finish in the LL1 class.
In his world championship debut, Mike Schultz (Saint Cloud, Minnesota) put in a strong first run to hold onto the second place spot with a best time of 1:15.81, taking silver behind repeat double-champion Chris Vos of the Netherlands. Schultz, who won X Games gold in snowmobile SnoCross just two weeks ago, returned to the snow after a year off his board to win his first world championship medal at Big White.
Mike Minor (Waymart, Pennsylvania) was just three-tenths of a second from winning his second gold and world title in today’s banked slalom men’s UL. The 26-year-old paced the field in the first run with a time of 1:10.94 before France’s Maxime Montaggioni got the best of him in the final run with a 110.65. Minor left with an impressive world championship debut, taking home gold and silver as he aims to make his first U.S. Paralympic Team in just over a year at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
OTHER TOP TEAM USA RESULTS
4th – Nicole Roundy (Salt Lake City, Utah) in women’s LL1; Evan Strong (Maui, Hawaii) in men’s LL2; Mark Mann (Woodbury, Minnesota) in men’s LL1
5th – Megan Harmon (Huntsville, Alabama) in women’s LL1
7th – Mike Shea (Castaic, California) in men’s LL2
9th – Zach Miller (Littleton, Colorado) in men’s LL2
10th – Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah) in men’s LL2; Matthew Melancon (Salt Lake City, Utah) in men’s LL1
“Coming from such a high from snowboard-cross into banked slalom, I just told myself that place doesn’t matter and I got what I came here for. I just wanted to love snowboarding and have fun today and that’s exactly what I did. I had no pressure [on myself].”
“Against the international field, knowing that I’m not riding 100 percent but coming away with a medal is a good spot. I can only improve from here, which is really positive. I’m happy for today’s win but at the same time it’s not nearly my best riding, but I’ll take it.”
“It feels good to be on the podium again. For the boarder-cross, I made a little mistake which haunted me the rest of the day so being on the box today for banked slalom is pretty awesome.”
Full results and highlight videos from the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships can be found on the Big White 2017 website.