Eliot Grondin wins two World Cup snowboard cross silver medals in Spain

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Canadian Olympic silver medalist Eliot Grondin of Sainte-Marie, Quebec won the silver medal in a World Cup men’s snowboard cross event in Sierra Nevada, Spain this past weekend. The first silver medal came on Saturday and the second came on Sunday. Grondin won his Olympic silver medal in the men’s snowboard cross at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

On Saturday, Grondin placed behind gold medalist Leon Ulbricht of Germany and ahead of bronze medalist Jake Vedder of the United States. Grondin won all three of his heats before finishing behind Ulbricht in the big final.

On Sunday, Grondin placed behind gold medalist Merlin Surget of France and ahead of bronze medalist Jakob Dusek of Austria. Like on Saturday, Grondin won all three of his heats before his second place in the big final.

In the World Cup snowboard cross standings, Grondin leads with 620 points. Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria is in second place with 319 points. Grondin has now won 16 career World Cup medals (seven gold medals, five silver medals and four bronze medals).

There are five more World Cup snowboarding events this season. Two of the World Cup events are in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec on March 23 and March 24. There are two World Cup snowboard cross events in Montafon, Austria and one in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The silver medals in Spain will give Grondin confidence as he prepares for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. 

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