- At the Beijing Winter Olympics on Saturday, Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine of Canada won bronze in a mixed snowboard cross.
- Grondin was the fastest out of the gate in every round of mixed competition, establishing large leads early on, just as he had done in his previous event.
On Saturday, Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine of Canada won bronze in a mixed snowboard cross at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
In Beijing, the event made its Olympic debut, with pairs of one man and one woman competing for a place on the medal podium.
In individual competition earlier in the week, Grondin and O’Dine had won silver and bronze, respectively.
Grondin was the fastest out of the gate in every round of mixed competition, creating big leads in the early rounds, as he had been in his previous event. Despite this, he was beaten in the final by American Nick Baumgartner and Italy’s Omar Visintin, finishing third.
Because the women started staggered depending on their teammates’ speed, O’Dine lost the benefit she had in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
O’Dine was fighting for second place when she collided with Caterina Carpano of Italy halfway through her run, but she still managed to finish third.
In Beijing, Baumgartner’s teammate Lindsey Jacobellis won her second gold medal for the United States, while Visintin and Michela Moioli of Italy took silver.
Jacobellis narrowly missed out on gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics and has been trying to make her way back to the top of the podium ever since, with Beijing finally providing her with a chance to redeem herself.
Liam Moffatt and Tess Critchlow, both from Canada, were eliminated in the quarterfinals after finishing third in their heat.
Source: Global News