BIG WHITE, B.C.- Michelle Salt and Andrew Genge won Canada’s first medals this season on the para-snowboard World Cup circuit with a silver and bronze in their respective snowboard cross events yesterday.
In the women’s snowboard cross for lower limb disability, Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon of France defeated Salt in the big final. It was the first World Cup of the season for the 30-year-old Salt who skipped the opener in Aspen this past weekend.
Salt, a Calgary resident, was a member of Canada’s first ever Paralympic Games snowboard team in 2014. She was the only Canadian in women’s competition in Sochi and placed ninth in the snowboard cross. She joined the national team a year earlier.
In the men’s snowboard cross for upper limb disability, Genge earned his first career World Cup medal, a bronze, defeating Manuel Pozzerle of Italy in the small final for third place. Patrick Mayrhofer of Austria won the big final over Simon Patmore of Australia.
“I’m so excited about this! My first ever World Cup and I won a medal,” said Genge, whois from Toronto. “Amazing. It was always my goal to get on the podium, and I got on the podium and then this? Yeah! It was great, except the start section. I couldn’t get over that jump when racing people but the rest of it was good. It was all smooth.”
In the men’s lower limb disability event, John Leslie of Arnprior, Ont., was fifth and Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont., ninth.
There will be a second snowboard-cross World Cup today, ahead of a banked slalom NorAm Cup on Friday. Racing will conclude with a World Cup in banked slalom on Saturday.
Full results are available at www.paralympic.org/snowboard/calendar-results.