Zoe Gillings 4th in FIS boarderX in Stoneham

Sun 22 February 09

Despite suffering from the effects of a heel injury, Zoe Gillings, Britain's top rated snowboarder, finished 4th in last night’s FIS World Cup Snowboard Cross race in Stoneham, Canada

Zoe Gillings 4th in FIS boarderX in Stoneham

Zoe Gillings 4th in FIS boarderX in Stoneham © wsg

Despite suffering from the effects of a heel injury, Zoe Gillings, Britain’s top rated snowboarder, finished 4th in last night’s FIS World Cup Snowboard Cross race in Stoneham, Canada.

The 23-year-old Isle of Man athlete will now take a break from racing. She is now ranked sixth in the world in her event, exactly on course to achieve her pre-season aim in the run-up to next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Today (Friday) Gillings commented: “I’m really happy I made it into the final especially as I was worried my injury may have kept me out of the competition altogether. It was a really exciting race and I now have a few days off to find a physio and get some intensive treatment. My aim is to finish the season ranked within the top six and this result takes me a step closer to that. With only three races to go I’m aiming for more top five finishes to ensure I make my target.”

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