Seth Wescott celebrates after winning the USANA Snowboardcross Cup at Telluride, his first FIS Snowboarding World Cup win in four years. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
TELLURIDE-MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, CO (Dec. 14) - In blizzard conditions at Telluride, two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) climbed back on top of the FIS Snowboarding World Cup podium, taking a photo finish win in the USANA Snowboardcross Cup over Australia's Alex Pullin. It was a sweet change from two years earlier at Telluride when Wescott found himself on the losing end of a photo finish. Pullin and Wescott battled all afternoon, with the Australian winning over Wescott in the quarterfinals and semifinals. In the final four-man heat, Pullin and Wescott went back and forth for the lead three times with the Olympic champion barely holding on against a hard-charging Pullin at the finish. Canada's Dominique Maltais won the women's title, with U.S. Snowboarding's Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) ninth.
Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) won the USANA Snowboardcross Cup at Telluride in a photo finish.
Wescott held off Australia's Alex Pullin, who had beaten him in the quarterfinals and semifinals, for his first World Cup win in two seasons.
Two years ago in Telluride, Wescott lost a photo finish to France's Pierre Vaultier.
The comeback win came after Wescott had ended his season early last January with an injury. In his return to the World Cup last week, he failed to qualify.
Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI), third a week ago, finished seventh.
Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Alex Deibold (Park City, UT) and rookie Trevor Jacob (Mammoth Mountain, CA) all moved into quarterfinals before dropping out.
Dominique Maltais of Canada took the women's win with U.S. Snowboarding rider Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) ninth.
NBC Sport Network will air the USANA Snowboardcross Cup at 4:00 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 15.
NBC will air the USANA Ski and Snowboardcross Cup at 3:00 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 22.
QUOTES Seth Wescott It feels really good to be back. I didn't even get into heats in Austria last week. So when I hole-shotted that first one I said, 'here we go, I love doing this.
I had another good upper section, I pulled drag on (Canadian Chris) Robanske and got by him by the second triple. I had been having problems on that second straightaway all week. The second set of rollers were a little choppy so it was hard to make an effective pump. I was almost happy each run when someone would come by me and I could pull draft again.
So when Alex came by me I knew I could set him up for turn six. I had a great turn five and just carried that momentum. On the lower section, it was snowing so hard that I was just waiting off the finish jump because I didn't go far enough. I was waiting for someone to slingshot me. But I didn't want to look, I was just down in my tuck and hoping that finish line would come as fast as it could.