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Felicia Stancil Posts Back-To-Back Podium Finishes In BMX Supercross For Career-Best Season

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 29, 2019, 10:52 p.m. (ET)

Felicia Stancil (L) and Laura Smulders of the Netherlands celebrate their top season finishes at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on Sept. 29, 2019 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

 

Felicia Stancil saved her best racing for the last weekend of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season.

Stancil finished third in both world cup races on Saturday and Sunday in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, to place her second in the series rankings as the season came to a close.

This marked the 25-year-old’s best season to date.

The back-to-back podium finishes marked the first time Stancil had reached the top three in consecutive races. Stancil reached the podium three times this season and made the finals in every world cup race this year. She was the only U.S. rider to do so.

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Stancil finished 0.868 seconds behind winner Laura Smulders of the Netherlands on Sunday and 1.862 seconds behind Smulders on Saturday.

The podium finishes boosted Stancil from fourth into second place in the season standings with 925 points, allowing her to pass two-time Olympian and two-time world champion Alise Willoughby, her U.S. teammate who did not race this weekend. Willoughby’s season finish was third.

Smulders finished off her championship season with two victories.

Stancil finished no worse than sixth place in all of the world cup races this year. She also finished sixth in the world championships race, which was won by Willoughby.

Olympic champion Connor Fields of the U.S. finished sixth in the men’s final Saturday. Corben Sharrah was seventh on Sunday.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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