Faye Gulini competes at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 16, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
A little over two years after her one and only world cup podium finish, three-time Olympian Faye Gulini was back in the top three in Sunday’s snowboardcross race at Big White in British Columbia, Canada.
Gulini, 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been a mainstay on the snowboardcross scene since making her Olympic debut in 2010. She narrowly missed a medal in 2014, finishing fourth, and made her third Olympic team in December 2017 after finishing second in a world cup race in Montafon, Austria for her first career podium.
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Racing in Big White on Saturday, Gulini was seventh. She came back on Sunday and moved through the heats battling it out as rider after rider was eliminated to make it to the big final. Once there, she was in second place in the middle of the race before ultimately being knocked down a spot but still capturing her second career podium.
Joining her in celebration on the men’s side was Senna Leith, who raced to third place in the big final. At 22, this was Leith’s first top three finish ever in a world cup competition. Prior to Sunday, the Vail, Colorado, native had only one top-10 finish when he placed sixth at a race in Cervinia, Italy, in December 2018. His best finish so far this season before Sunday’s performance was 18th in Cervinia back in December. On Saturday he finished 35th.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.