Alex Deibold finished second in the men’s snowboardcross world cup finale Saturday in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, as three Team USA riders finished among the top 10 in the season standings.
The bronze medalist at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Deibold rode a strategic race in the final, staying behind reigning Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier of France down the entire course. Entering the contest second in the world cup standings, the Frenchman went to the front at the start to pick up the win and jump past Italy’s Omar Visintin to claim the crystal globe. Pressing in an attempt to hold onto the season title, Visintin crashed halfway through the race and finished fifth.
A former wax technician and alternate for the Vancouver 2010 Games, Deibold picks up his second podium of the season to go with a third place Jan. 21 on Utah’s Solitude Mountain. He now has six career world cup podiums but has not yet made it to the top step.
Nick Baumgartner and Jonathan Cheever placed seventh and eighth, respectively, which was enough to keep Baumgartner in ninth place in the final standings with 1,730 points. Deibold was sixth with 2,277.30 points, while Hagen Kearney, who won the season opener, placed fifth at 2,580 points.