Alex Deibold (left) takes the podium in Rosa Khutor. Photo provided by USSA.
Snowboarder Alex Deibold, who trains in Park City and was featured in our February issue's fashion shoot, took his first career podium in his 31st World Cup start on Feb. 17.
Deibold placed second in the pre-Olympic snowboardcross event at the FIS World Cup at Rosa Khutor near Sochi, Russia. US teammates, Nate Holland came in fourth and Fay Gulini (also featured in our shoot) in eighth, leading the US women. Austria's Alessandro Haemmerle won for the men and Italy's Michela Moioli for the women.
Heavy snow fell throughout the event. "I'm very happy about my first podium," Deibold told US Snowboarding. "I think it's pretty appropriate. The conditions today made it pretty challenging."
This week, local action sports fans can catch Deibold and Gulini competing for more than $42,000 in prize money and the title of US National Champion at Canyons Resort for the US Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix.
2012 Grand Prix. Photo provided by Canyons.
The event has been one of the most popular at Canyons the past two years and will feature the athletes in head-to-head competition on an inclined turn- and jump-filled course ending at Canyons' Ski Beach.
World Cup winner John Teller is the current US favorite, and the top American female is Langely McNeal.
Here's the event schedule for snowboardcross at the event:
Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Feb. 26, 2–3 p.m.
March 2, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Snowboardcross Finals (awards immediately following)
The event will be followed up with a live concert by Patwa Reggae Band in the Resort Village at 3:30 p.m. on March 2. For more info or to see the skicross schedule, click here.