Nate Holland wins boardercross Winter X Games gold

Sun 28 January 07

Defending champion, Nate Holland, sneaks ahead of Seth Wescott and Xavier de le Rue to grab his second consecutive Winter X Games gold

Defending champion, Nate Holland, sneaks ahead of Seth Wescott and Xavier de le Rue to grab his second consecutive Winter X Games gold. A favorite going into the 2006 Winter Olympics where he ended up with a disappointing 14th place finish, the 28-year old Squaw Valley, California resident redeemed himself with a strong finish riding past all of his on-course competitors.

I came up with speed to try to pass, then dropped back to try to break mine, Holland explains. I railed the turn, came slingshotting out front, and was able to make the tranny. When asked how he felt going into the final heat, Holland said assuredly, winning the semifinals was a huge confidence builder going in because I knew I had the De La Rue brothers, and theyre always so strong.

The 2005 Snowboarder X gold medalist, Xavier de le Rue, fought to hang onto the silver medal in the final run. One of two brothers from Saint Lary, France, he has won six medals in four Winter X Games appearances and this makes seven.

In his tenth attempt to win a Snowboarder X gold, Olympic Gold Medalist, Seth Wescott from Sugarloaf, Maine swept the last seat on the podium for a bronze medal. On this one, I didnt have a great start, explained Wescott. Starting at the outside gate made it really difficult, so I was definitely working form the disadvantage of not getting an inside lane. With a tough start, the 30-year old Wescott still maintained speed to give both de le Rue and Holland a run for their money.

SNOWBOARDING SNOWBOARDER X MENS

Final Results from Aspen/Snowmass on Saturday, January 27, 2007
Name, Bib No., Hometown, Time
1. Nate Holland 411 Squaw Valley, Calif. 1:06.646
2. Xavier de le Rue 404 Saint Lary, France 1:05.673
3. Seth Wescott 429 Sugarloaf, Maine 1:05.850
4. Shaun Palmer 418 South Lake Tahoe, Calif.1:05.684
5. Marco Huser 413 Glarus, Switzerland 1:05.299
6. Paul Henri de le Rue 403 Saint Lary, France 1:05.090
7. Drew Neilson 416 Vernon, BC, Canada 1:06.222
8. Nick Baumgartner 401 Iron River, Mich. 1:05.235
9. Alberto Schiavon 421 Madonna di Campiglio, Italy 1:10.901
10. Ross Trulove 424 Carbondale, Colo. 1:07.391
11. Pat Holland 412 Tahoe City, Vt. 1:09.253
12. Ben Jacobellis 414 Stratton, Vt. 1:06.672
13. Mario Fuchs 407 Maishofen, Austria 1:06.221
14. Jason Smith 423 Basalt, Colo. 1:06.233
15. Markus Schairer 420 St. Gallenkirch, Austria 1:06.501
16. Vincent Valery 425 St. Martin de Londres, France 1:06.960
17. Mark Schulz 422 Lake Oswego, Ore 1:07.003
18. Tom Velisek 427 Squamish, BC, Canada 1:07.197
19. Cleve Johnson 415 Basalt, Colo. 1:07.408
20. Rob Fagan 406 Squamish, BC, Canada 1:07.425
21. Alex Deibold 405 Manchester, Vt. 1:07.215
22. Ross Powers 321 Londonderry, Vt. 1:08.907
23. Ludovic Guillot-Diat 409 Villard de Lans, France 1:09.498
24. Jayson Hale 410 Sugarbowl, Calif. 1:09.543
25. Graham Watanabe 428 Hailey, Idaho 1:05.879
26. Francois Boivin 402 Jonquiere, QC, Canada 1:11.411
27. Ralph Backstrom 400 Squaw Valley, Calif. 1:11.974
28. Pierre Vaultier 426 Briancon, France 1:12.260
29. Nate Galpin 408 Hailey, ID 1:12.552
30. Michal Novotny 417 Prague, Czech 1:12.650

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