Eliot Grondin wins two World Cup men’s snowboardcross events in Georgia

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Canadian Olympic silver medalist Eliot Grondin of Sainte-Marie. Quebec had a fantastic World Cup men’s snowboardcross weekend in Gudauri, Georgia. On Saturday, the 22-year-old won the gold medal, and then on Sunday, won the gold medal again.

On Saturday, Grondin won his 13th career World Cup medal. Cameron Bolton of Australia won the silver medal and Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria won the bronze medal. Grondin went undefeated throughout the event, as he won the first eight final, the first quarterfinal and the first semifinal.

On Sunday, Grondin and Bolton won gold and silver again, with Omar Visintin of Italy winning bronze. Like on Saturday, Grondin was undefeated.

Grondin leads the World Cup men’s snowboardcross standings with 460 points. Haemmerle is second with 272 points. After five events this season, Grondin has won four gold medals and one bronze medal. He also finished first in Les Deux Alpes, France on December 3, and St. Moritz, Switzerland on January 26, and third in Cervina, Italy on December 16, where he placed behind gold medalist Haemmerle and silver medalist Adam Lambert of Australia.

Grondin’s Olympic silver medal came in men’s snowboardcross at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. In all, Grondin now has won seven World Cup gold medals, and 14 World Cup medals overall. The gold medals in Georgia will give Grondin confidence as he prepares for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. 

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