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Snowboarding at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Boardercross

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana; Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 18, 2014
Date Finished: February 18, 2014

Gold: FRA Pierre Vaultier
Silver: RUS Nikolay Olyunin
Bronze: USA Alex Deibold

Summary

The boardercross event was delayed one day because fog on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park made the course impossible to see. When it started a day later, there was still fog, which made visibility poor on the higher parts of the course. The favorites were Australian Alex Pullin, the 2011 and 2013 World Champion, and American Nate Holland, who had won the X-Games in the event only a few weeks before Sochi, but Pullin went out in the quarter-finals and Holland did not get past the first round. The 2014 World Cup leader, Italian Omar Visintin, crashed in his semi-final and was taken from the course on a stretcher.

The gold medal eventually went to Frenchman Pierre Vaultier in a huge upset. Vaultier had no major podium finishes, had spent most of the past several seasons injured, and had torn his anterior cruciate ligament only two months before the Sochi Olympics. In the final he was in a close battle with Russian crowd favorite Nikolay Olyunin but Vaultier pulled ahead off the last jump to win the gold medal, Olyunin holding on for silver. American Alex Deibold, who had been a wax technician at the 2010 Winter Olympics, survived some jostling back in the back to hang on for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pierre Vaultier 26 France FRA Gold
2 Nikolay Olyunin 22 Russia RUS Silver
3 Alex Deibold 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Paul-Henri De Le Rue 29 France FRA
5 Stian Sivertzen 24 Norway NOR
6 Luca Matteotti 24 Italy ITA
7 Lucas Eguibar 19 Spain ESP
8 Kevin Hill 27 Canada CAN
9 Trevor Jacob 20 United States USA
10 Hanno Douschan 24 Austria AUT
11 Cam Bolton 23 Australia AUS
12 Omar Visintin 24 Italy ITA
13T Alex Pullin 26 Australia AUS
13T Anton Lindfors 22 Finland FIN
13T Konstantin Schad 26 Germany GER
13T Paul Berg 22 Germany GER
17T Tony Ramoin 25 France FRA
17T Alessandro Hämmerle 20 Austria AUT
17T Jarryd Hughes 18 Australia AUS
17T Chris Robanske 24 Canada CAN
21T Regino Hernández 22 Spain ESP
21T Tommaso Leoni 22 Italy ITA
21T Marvin James 24 Switzerland SUI
21T Tim Watter 22 Switzerland SUI
25T Nick Baumgartner 32 United States USA
25T Lluís Marín Tarroch 25 Andorra AND
25T Nate Holland 35 United States USA
25T Maciej Jodko 31 Poland POL
25T Jacob Holden 26 Canada CAN
25T Emil Novák 24 Czech Republic CZE
25T David Bakeš 31 Czech Republic CZE
25T Rob Fagan 37 Canada CAN
33T Andrey Boldykov 30 Russia RUS
33T Anton Koprivitsa 22 Russia RUS
33T Laro Herrero 24 Spain ESP
33T Jussi Taka 20 Finland FIN
33T Mateusz Ligocki 31 Poland POL
33T Markus Schairer 26 Austria AUT